Presidents of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Take a Public Position Opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline
From: Michael G. Hadfield, Past President (1995-1996); John Pearse, Past President, 2007-2008; The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
Date: February 7, 2013
Attached is an open letter sent to President Barack Obama on February 6 signed by the current president, the president-elect and 16 past presidents of The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB). This letter has also been endorsed by the current Executive Committee of SICB.
The letter itself speaks to the crisis members of SICB, as biologists, recognize we are facing: an emergency which threatens the very existence of humankind on Planet Earth. The Society passed a Resolution on Climate Change and Ocean Acidification on 1 March 2012. The current letter flows from our grave concerns about the possibility that the Keystone pipeline may be approved, the continued federal support for increased mining of fossil fuels, and the lack of U.S. support for international climate-change treaties.
It is with this sense of urgency that we will personally be traveling to Washington D.C. to join the demonstration against the Keystone XL Pipeline in Washington D.C. on February 17, where we will be joined by other members of SICB.
We urge you to read the letter and publicize the position taken by some of the U.S.’s most prestigious biologists.
For interviews, please contact either of us or any of the signatories to the letter.
John Pearse, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor, Univ. of California
Tel: (831) 648-9245
Michael G. Hadfield, Ph.D.
Professor, Univ. of Hawai`i
Tel: (808) 271-7688
Letter is at: http://www.sicb.org/resources/SICB%20Letter%20to%20Obama2013.pdf