Tell the State Department: Reject Keystone XL. Again.

Stop Keystone XL. Again!
Urge the State Department to fully consider the project's climate impacts — as President Obama promised when he first rejected the Pipeline in January — and reject Keystone XL.
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Monday deadline: Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline!

Dear Friend,

Yesterday, President Obama's Army Corps of Engineers approved the southern portion of the "game over for the climate"1 Keystone XL Pipeline.2

But the State Department is still reviewing the northern portion of the pipeline and is taking public comments until Monday.

Tell the State Department: Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline!

The pipeline would speed the draining of the Alberta tar sands — the second largest pool of carbon on the planet — massively accelerating the global warming that is already causing extreme weather around the country.

But right now, it's not even clear that Keystone XL's serious climate impacts will be considered by the State Department, as President Obama promised they would when he first rejected the project in January.2

We need to urge the department to consider the full impacts of this disastrous pipeline — and reject it.

Tell the State Department: Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline! Submit a comment before the Monday deadline.

Our activism, combined with the obstinacy of Republicans in Congress, forced President Obama to reject this pipeline once. When he did so, he promised a full State Department review, including the climate impacts of connecting the landlocked tar sands with Gulf Coast ports, where the oil could be exported, and burned all over the world.

It's clear President Obama didn't reject the pipeline because he wanted to. And now, it's not clear if he'll keep his word.

When TransCanada split the pipeline into two sections so it could start building the Oklahoma-to-Texas portion which does not require State Department approval, President Obama fully obliged. He even promised to expedite the process, and now his Army Corps of Engineers has fully approved it.

Tell the State Department: Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline! Submit a comment before the Monday deadline.

There are so many reasons to reject this pipeline. As Bill McKibben laid out in a terrific article in Rolling Stone last week, the Alberta Tar Sands contain about half the maximum amount of carbon that can be burned globally if we are to avoid warming greater than 2 degrees Celsius, which scientists agree is a crucial tipping point.4 So building a pipeline to export and burn these carbon reserves around the globe is ill-advised, to put it mildly.

Of course, tar sands oil is also is especially toxic, this pipeline will run through Nebraska's delicate Sandhills and close to the Ogallala aquifer, and oil companies treat oil spill safety like it's a joke.

Keystone XL is a recipe for disaster — as was once again made clear earlier this month when the National Transportation Safety Board released its report on the 2010 Kalamazoo River tar sands oil spill. The largest on-land oil spill in our country's history was caused by ignoring multiple warning signs, failing to respond for more than 17 hours, and then acting with the ineptitude of "keystone cops" when the company workers did finally begin responding.5

Our activism has stopped this pipeline once — and blocked it in Congress multiple times. We can't let up now.

Submit a comment to the State Department before the deadline on Monday:

Thanks for fighting Keystone XL.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. "Game Over For The Climate James Hansen, May 9, 2012
2. "TransCanada gets final OK for Gulf part of Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline, construction to start," Washington Post, 7/27/12
3. "Obama Administration rejects Keystone XL pipeline," Washington Post January 18, 2012
4. "Global Warming's Terrifying New Math," Rolling Stone, July 19, 2012
5. "Oil Firm Responded to Kalamazoo Spill 'Like Keystone Cops'," Mother Jones, July 11, 2012


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