We sent the following letter to our supporters yesterday, urging them to take action against the proposed Keystone Pipeline XL: Renowned NASA climate scientist James Hansen had this to say about dirty tar sands: “...the phase out of emissions from coal is, itself, an enormous challenge. However, if the tar sands are thrown into the mix, it's essentially game over."
The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would carry dirty tar sands crude oil from Canada to Texas, exposing our health and environment to the risk of oil spills across the United State. As the effects of climate change become increasingly evident, we cannot afford to allow the further development of tar sands oil production, which results in even more pollution than conventional oil production and threatens our air and water quality.
Since August 20th, environmental activists, scientists, public figures, indigenous leaders and others have traveled to Washington, D.C. to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in what is being called the biggest act of civil disobedience in the history of the climate movement. The daily protests will continue through September 3rd -- with the goal of putting pressure on the Obama administration to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. We need to secure energy security through investment in clean energy from the sun, wind, and other renewable sources -- not one of the dirtiest fossil fuels available.
Please help Global Green send a message to the White House. Last Friday, the State Department released its final environmental impact review, concluding that the Keystone XL pipeline would result in limited negative impacts on the environment. President Obama will make a final decision in December, but the Obama Administration needs to hear from you now. Tell President Obama to say no to dirty tar sands oil -- in person, by joining the Stop the Pipeline! Sit-in at the White House, or by sending him a letter today.