The nation’s largest nurses union – National Nurses United – has joined the fight against the toxic pipeline. As people who understand first hand the health effects of a hotter, more polluted planet, National Nurses United is in a unique position to highlight health concerns related to the pipeline.
As the organization Co-President Deborah Burger said in a statement, "Nurses care for patients every day who struggle with health crises aggravated by environmental pollution in its many forms…As a society, we need to reduce the effects of environmental factors, including climate change, that are making people sick, and endangering the future for our children. That’s why we oppose the Keystone XL pipeline."
As with any fight against entrenched, well-funded special interests like Big Oil – organized people need as much help as they can get to take on organized money. Kudos to National Nurses United for getting involved in the fight to save the planet.