Action Alert- reject Keystone XL
Written on: February 3, 2014
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The State Department has released its final environmental review of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
We now enter a decisive phase—of at least 90 days—in which President Obama must decide if this project is in our national interest.
The headlines today will tell you that the State Department just gave the Keystone XL a clean environmental bill of health, paving the way for the President to approve it.
But you need to look deeper for the real story: the State Department’s review has acknowledged—for the very first time—that the tar sands pipeline could accelerate climate change.
Make no mistake: the climate upheaval that will result from the tar sands expansion driven by the Keystone XL will far exceed the State Department’s projections—which continue to downplay the risks to our planet.
But the State Department’s final review provides President Obama with more than enough ammunition to reject the climate-wrecking pipeline. It’s up to him.
The President has promised to stop the tar sands pipeline if it will drive significantly more global warming pollution and climate chaos.
The evidence is now overwhelming that this project would do exactly that. It’s time for President Obama to keep his word, stand up to Big Oil and put our climate first.
The Keystone XL would pump a river of corrosive, toxic tar sands oil from Canada right through the American heartland—endangering water supplies, threatening our farms and homes and creating a grand total of a few dozen permanent jobs. Meanwhile, most of the oil will be exported.
How can that possibly be in our national interest? There’s a much better way—it’s called clean power.
And thank you for making your voice heard at this important moment in our fight to stop the tar sands pipeline.
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