Keystone XL Oil Pipeline - Bill McKibben

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Co-founder and director of 350.org Bill McKibben explains why the Keystone XL pipeline will mean "game over" for the climate. (6:39)

NATION, I HAVE GOT SOME

GREAT NEWS.

WE SOLVED THE GLOBAL WARMING

CRISIS!

JIMMY, DROP THE STYROFOAM!

WHOOO!

WHOOO!

WE DID IT!

WHOOO!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

CLEAN UP THIS MESS REAL

QUICK, HOLD ON, LET ME

JUST--

(LAUGHTER)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: -- SCRIPT SEEMS

TO BE MISSING.

SO HOW DID WE DO IT?

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY?

CARBON SEQUESTERING?

NO, THE BEST ANSWER IS

ALWAYS THE SIMPLIST.

WE STOPPED CARING.

(LAUGHTER)

WE MUST HAVE.

WHY ELSE WOULD WE BE

PLANNING THE PROPOSED

KEYSTONE X-L PIPELINE THAT

WILL TRANSPORT CRUDE OIL

FROM ALBERTA'S RICH TAR

SANDS THROUGH A 1700 MILE

UNDERGROUND TUBE ALL THE WAY

DOWN TO REFINERIES ON THE

TEXAS COAST.

AND IT'S ALL THE SWEETER

THAT THIS OIL IS COMING FROM

CANADA.

I MEAN WHO HASN'T LOOKED AT

THEIR HOT NEIGHBOR AND

THOUGHT YEAH, I'D TAP THAT.

PLUS--

(LAUGHTER)

PLUS THIS PIPELINE WILL GUSH

OUT A RESOURCE EVEN MORE

PRECIOUS THAN OIL.

>> THE KEYSTONE PROJECT

WOULD GENERATE 20,000

IMMEDIATE JOBS.

>> WOULD WOULD CREATE AT

LEAST 50,000 JOBS.

>> IN TOTAL ABOUT 118,000 IN

DIRECT JOBS.

>> I GATHER TO THE PRESIDENT

LET THE KEYSTONE X-L

PIPELINE GO THROUGH, WILL

CREATE 120,000 JOBS.

>> THIS IS THE KEYTONE X-L

PIPELINE SOME ESTIMATES

COULD PRODUCE UP TO EYE

MILLION NEW HIGH-PAYING JOBS.

>> Stephen: AND THOSE

NUMBERS COME FRESH FROM THE

PIPE-LINE THOSE EXPERTS

BUILT FROM THEIR ASS

STRAIGHT TO THE AIRWAVES.

BUT--

(APPLAUSE)

FOLKS, BARACK OBAMA HAS

DELAYED APPROVAL OF THE

PIPELINE, KILLING BILLIONS

OF JOBS BECAUSE HE IS COW

TOWING TO ENVIRONMENTAL

ENVIRONMENTALLIST-- WHO

PROTESTED ON THE WHITE HOUSE

LAST WEEK WHERE.

DO THEY GET OFF.

HERE TO TELL ME WHERE THEY

GET OFF IS AUTHOR,

ENVIRONMENTALIST AND ONE OF

THE ORGANIZERS OF THE

KEYSTONE X-L PROTEST, BILL

McKIBON.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING

US TODAY.

OKAY, BILL.

(APPLAUSE)

THE PRESIDENT HAS DELAYED

THE APPROVAL OF THIS

PIPELINE.

HE'S KICKED THE CAN DOWN THE

ROAD.

ALL BECAUSE OF PRESSURE FROM

GUYS LIKE YOU.

ARE YOU SELL OPERATING ALL

THE LOSS OF JOBS IN DO YOU

HAVE SOME HYBRID VEHICLE

THAT RUNS ON BROKEN DREAMS?

(LAUGHTER)

>> THE TRUTH IS THE ONLY

STUDY OF THIS PIPELINE NOT

FUNDED BY TRANS-CANADA, THE

COMPANY THAT WANTED TO BUILD

IT.

>> Stephen: THEY SHOULD KNOW

IT'S THEIR PIPELINE BUT GO

AHEAD.

>> THE ONLY STUDY THEY

DIDN'T PAY FOR SHOULD THERE

BE EXACTLY ZERO NEW JOBS NET

THAT IT WOULD KILL AS MANY

AS IT WOULD CREATE AND IT

WOULD DO SO BY RAISING THE

PRICE OF GASOLINE ACROSS THE

MIDWEST.

>> Stephen: THAT DOESN'T

MAKE ANY SENSE.

YOU GET OIL FROM THE GROUND,

SHIP IT ACROSS THE UNITED

STATES.

OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE GOING TO

BE JOBS OF DIGGING THE HOLE

TO PUT THE PIPE IN.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Stephen: CONSTRUCTION

JOBS WITHIN THE POINT OF A

PIPELINE IS ONCE YOU HAVE

GOT IT NO ONE EVER HAS TO

WORK THERE AGAIN.

THE TRANS-CANADA HEAD SAID

LAST WEEK THAT THERE MIGHT

BE A FEW HUNDRED PERMANENT

JOBS THAT WOULD BE CREATED

FROM THIS PIPELINE.

THE REAL JOBS COME WHEN WE

GETS OFF BIG OIL AND DECIDE

TO-- .

>> Stephen: BA, BA, HOLD ON

A SECOND, LET'S STICK WITH

THE OIL FOR A SECOND.

LET'S STICK WITH WHAT WE

KNOW WORKS.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH RUNG A

PIPELINE ACROSS THE UNITED

STATES?

>> THE PIPELINE COMES FROM

THIS TAR SANDS DEPOSIT IN

ALBERTA.

>> Stephen: RIGHT, WHICH BY

THE WAY YOU SAID THIS AREA

UP THERE, YOU SAID SECOND

LARGEST POOL OF OIL ON EARTH

AFTER SAUDI ARABIA.

THAT'S AN ARGUMENT AGAINST

IT?

>> WHEN WE FOUND-- .

>> Stephen: THAT GIVES ME A

JOB BONER TO HEAR THAT.

>> WHEN WE FOUND SAUDI

ARABIA WE KNEW NOTHING ABOUT

GLOBAL WARMING.

SO IT MADE SENSE TO GO

PLUMMET AND GET WHAT WE

COULD.

NOW THAT WE KNOW ABOUT

CLIMATE CHANGE, NOW THAT

WE'VE ALREADY RAISED THE

TEMPERATURE OF THE EARTH A

DEGREE LARGELY BY BURN NAG

SAUDI OIL WE WOULD BE CRAZY

TO FIND ITS SECOND SAUDI

ARABIA AND DO THE SAME

THING.

JIM HANSON AT NASA OR

FOREMOST CLIMATOLOGIST SAID

TAB HEAVILY -- TAP HEAVLY

INTO THAT TAR SAND DEPOSIT

AND IT'S AND I QUOTE

ESSENTIALLY GAME OVER FOR

THE CLIMATE.

>> Stephen: GAME OVER FOR

THE CLIMATE?

>> THERE WILL STILL BE A

CLIMATE.

WE'LL JUST CHANGE WHAT IT'S

MADE OF.

IT WILL BE THERE, AS A

MATTER OF FACT MATTER OF

FACT, WE WILL BE ABLE TO SEE

IT MORE.

WE'LL BE MORE AWARE OF THE

CLIMATE.

YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE GLASS

HALF EMPTY.

I'M SAYING IT'S HALF FULL OF

CARBON.

>> IT WILL BE-- AND IT WILL

BE HALF FULL OF WATER

BECAUSE WE'LL SEE THE

FLOODING THAT WE'VE SEEN

AROUND THE WORLD INCLUDING

IN MY HOME STATE OF VERMONT

THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS

ABSOLUTELY RECORD OFF THE

CHARTS.

JUST INCREASING MORE AND

MORE AND MORE ALL THE TIME.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU FROM

VERMONT.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: DID YOU RIDE

YOUR BICYCLE DOWN HERE,

DRIVE OX CART, HOW DID YOU

GET DOWN HERE, OR DOW HAVE A

VEHICLE THAT ONES ON

HYPOCRISY, HOW DID YOU GET

DOWN HERE.

>> THERE IS TO DOUBT THAT,

YOU KNOW, I'M A HYPOCRITE.

I'VE SPENT THE LAST FOUR

YEARS ON THE MOVE AROUND THE

PLANET, BUILDING THIS BIG

GLOBAL CLIMATE MOVEMENT AND

SPEWING CARBON BEHIND ME AS

I WENT.

AND YOU KNOW, IT'S POSSIBLE

THAT, I CAN'T MAKE UP FOR AS

MUCH AS I HAVE PUT OUT.

I HOPE THAT THIS MOVEMENT

THAT WE'RE BUILDING AND THE

PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN WILLING

TO GO TO JAIL AND TO SIT IN

OUTSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE AND

DO ALL THE OTHER THINGS

MAYBE MAKING ENOUGH

DIFFERENCE TO MAKE UP FOR

THAT KIND OF CARBON.

>> Stephen: CAN I SELL YOU

ON THE OIL SANDS FOR A

SECOND HERE.

THEY'RE GETTING THE OIL OUT

OF THE OIL SANDS, OKAY.

ON THE UPSIDE, DOESN'T THAT

LEAVE US NICE CLEAN SAND

WHEN WE'RE DONE, WHICH

ALBERTA WILL NEED FOR ITS

BEACHES WHEN IT IS

WATERFRONT PROPERTY IN 50

YEARS.

(APPLAUSE)

THINK ABOUT IT.

BILL, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

CO-FOUNDER DIRECTOR,

360.ORG.

BILL McKEDON.

THA

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