From the Editor: January 2020 | Sojourners

From the Editor: January 2020

To expand the use of fossil fuels in the context of the climate crisis is an immoral and even criminal act.

OIL PIPELINES LEAK. This fall, the Keystone Pipeline spilled almost 400,000 gallons of tar sands oil—an especially dirty fossil fuel—in its second large-scale leak in two years. The pipeline’s owner, TC Energy (née TransCanada), wants to build the Keystone XL extension despite the environmental threats.

But leaks aren’t the reason that oil pipelines are problematic. To expand the use of fossil fuels in the context of the climate crisis that has begun to destroy our planet is an immoral and even criminal act. That’s why actions such as those of the so-called “valve turners” are not only justified but a necessary alarm clock for a still-somnolent public.

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This appears in the January 2020 issue of Sojourners
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