California Senator Barbara Boxer has come up with yet another reason to kill the Keystone XL Pipeline Project. According to the senator, the pipeline would lead to increased serious illness in America.
In a Wednesday press conference held with with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), anti-Keystone XL activists and environmentalists, Boxer said the pipeline would add pollutants to the air that would increase the likelihood of people getting cancer or heart disease.
“I do believe the public health impacts are something that average people can really relate to because they know cancer is the second leading cause of death in this country — heart disease is number one — and all of this filthy air contributes to both of those.”
How did she come to this conclusion, you ask?
“As tar sands oil flows to our gulf coast refineries it will increase toxic pollution that already plagues communities like Port Arthur Texas, which is near many refineries that will process tar sands.”
Not only do advocates of the pipeline say it would not exacerbate pollution and would provide a safer alternative than railcars for transporting crude oil, Barack Obama's own State Department's recent report says that the pipeline would have little or no impact on carbon emissions.
Yet, Barbara Boxer trots out a statement — without evidence — that construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline will lead to “filthy air” and an increase in cancer and heart disease among millions of Americans.