(photo: Ferne Millen)

Nine recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize including the Dalai Lama and Archibishop Desmond Tutu have written a letter to President Obama.   They urge him to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline which will affect “millions of people whose lives and livelihoods will be affected by construction and operation of the pipeline in Alberta, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas” and risks “contaminating the Ogallala Aquifer, the main source of fresh water for the Great Plains.”

“We urge you to say no” to the pipeline and “turn your attention back to supporting renewable sources of energy and clean transportation solutions,” says the letter (PDF) “This will be your legacy to Americans and the global community: energy that sustains the lives and livelihoods of future generations.”

The letter was signed the following Nobel Peace Prize laureates:

  • Mairead Maguire of Ireland (1976, co-awardee with Betty Williams of Ireland)
  • Betty Williams of Ireland (1976, co-awardee with Mairead Maguire of Ireland)
  • Adolfo Pérez Esquivel of Argentina (1980)
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa (1984)
  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama (1989)
  • Rigoberta Menchú Tum of Guatemala (1992)
  • José Ramos-Horta of East Timor (1996)
  • Jody Williams of the United States (1997)
  • Shirin Ebadi of Iran (2003)

Photo by: World Economic Forum under Creative Commons