Deadline Monday: Stop Keystone XL

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Deadline Monday: The final comment period on the Keystone XL Pipeline

Monday, April 22 - Earth Day - is the last chance to submit a comment opposing the Keystone XL pipeline before the President makes his decision later this year. Submit a comment now to deliver 200,000 comments from CREDO Activists, as part of the effort to send 1 million comments against Keystone XL.

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Dear 5849376,

Monday is the final day to speak out as part of the Obama administration's decision making process on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline which would mean "game over for the climate."

President Obama needs to hear our strong public opposition. If you haven't already, please submit a comment now.

At the final public hearing in Grand Island, Nebraska this week, hundreds of people braved heavy snow and wind to oppose Keystone XL. Here's how the New York times described it:1

The hearing, conducted by the State Department, drew hours of emotional testimony, mostly from opponents of Keystone XL, who whooped and applauded when anyone from their ranks spoke, and solemnly hoisted black scarves that read "Pipeline Fighter" during comments by the project's supporters.

...for every voice of support there were at least a dozen against. And there was a palpable sense among opponents that this represented one of their final chances to have the State Department's ear.

After the massive tar sands spill in Mayflower, Arkansas it's no surprise that Nebraskans were out in force to keep the same thing from happening to them. But Keystone XL affects all of us - from the risks to our land and water, to the catastrophic damage it would do to our fight against climate change.

Now is the time to deliver the message to President Obama: The Keystone XL pipeline is not in our nation's interest, it's a national disaster.

The State Department's latest sham environmental review of Keystone XL2 - actually written by contractors paid by the pipeline developer3,4 - ignores the prospect of guaranteed toxic spills and ignores the fact that Keystone XL will be responsible for an astonishing 181 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) each year, comparable to the tailpipe emissions from more than 37.7 million cars or 51 coal-fired power plants.5 Dealing a devastating blow in our fight against climate change.

The pipeline is all risk and no reward. There is simply no reason for President Obama to approve it.

The primary purpose of this pipeline is to export tar sands oil overseas. It does nothing to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and will actually increase the price of gasoline in the U.S.6 And in exchange for allowing a foreign oil company to use our nation as it's oil spill pad, this pipeline will produce only 35 permanent jobs.

President Obama has made clear that he is paying close attention to public opinion on KXL.

Make sure the president gets the message by Earth Day. Tell him to reject Keystone XL.

Thanks for fighting Keystone XL.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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1. "Keystone Pipeline Foes Vent in Nebraska," New York Times, 4/19/13
2. "Another flawed environmental review on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline," NRDC, 3/1/13
3. "'State Department' Keystone XL Report Actually Written By TransCanada Contractor ," Grist, 3/6/13
4. "Critical Part of Keystone Report Done by Firms with Deep Oil Industry Ties," Inside Climate, 3/6/13
5. "Cooking the Books: The True Climate Impact of Keystone XL" Oil Change International
6. "Keystone: All risk, no reward," Media Matters
8. "Game over for the climate," James Hansen, New York Times, 5/9/12

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