Ten Nobel Peace Laureates – including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jody Williams and Leymah Gbowee – have sent a letter of congratulation to U.S. President Barack Obama on his recent decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.
In the letter the laureates applaud Obama’s landmark decision to reject the pipeline that would connect Alberta’s tar sands to the Gulf Coast. “The decision you have made and the leadership you have shown by rejecting this pipeline marks a critical turning point,” write the laureates, “A dangerous fossil fuel driven future can no longer be considered inevitable; the climate impacts have become too serious and too devastating to ignore. ”
President Obama’s decision comes after years of collective pressure from grassroots community activists and influential public figures to convince the President and Secretary of State to reject the pipeline. This congratulatory letters marks the fourth occasion the laureates have written to President Obama to call for Keystone XL to be stopped.