Figures. Nearly Half of Comments Protesting Keystone Pipeline During Public Comment Period Were From Outside US

Nearly two million public comments were posted against the Keystone Pipeline when the public comment period ended last Friday. One million comments were posted in support of the pipeline. This may sound lop-sided, until you discover that nearly half of those comments against the pipeline came from outside the United States.

Jew-basher Desmund Tutu from South Africa signed the petition against the Keystone XL pipeline.
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The Washington Post reported:

When public comment period on the Keystone XL pipeline ended Friday, opponents of the project could declare victory, since they gathered a little more than 2 million comments on their side compared to the roughly 1 million in support of the proposal.

But there’s a wrinkle to the slew of comments that the State Department received as it solicited public input on whether the pipeline–which would ship heavy crude from Canada to oil refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast–would serve the national interest: close to half of the comments in opposition came from people outside the United States.

Avaaz, a liberal advocacy group with more than 34 million members worldwide, launched an online drive that translated into 954,827 comments against the pipeline, of which just 65,938 were from the U.S. Another 66,817 came from Canada. Several prominent international figures sent in comments, including South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, leader of the Australian Greens Christine Milne and Spain’s former secretary of state for climate change Teresa Ribera.

The overseas push largely accounts for the exponential increase in comments

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