Keystone XL Stirs Montana Farmer’s Climate Change And Crop Concerns

Posted by Robyn, April 8, 2013

keystonLast year proved too dry. The year before — too wet. For Wade Sikorski of Fallon County, Mont., the years in which the weather is just right to grow food on his ranch seem to be increasingly few and far between.

“We go from one extreme to another,” said Sikorski. “With either extreme, I can’t produce anything.”

Sikorski sees climate change as a culprit, and the Keystone XL pipeline — which is slated to run within a couple miles of his ranch — as likely to make matters worse.

“There are a lot of safety issues with the pipeline itself. It could rupture and leak as it crosses farms and ranches,” he said. “But my main issue is climate change.”

Among a host of associated health and environmental risks, climate change has become the chosen battle cry for those opposed to Canadian company TransCanada’s plans to send Alberta tar sands crude through America’s heartland to refineries on the Gulf Coast.

via Keystone XL Stirs Montana Farmer’s Climate Change And Crop Concerns.