Tell President Obama: Just Say No to the Keystone XL Pipeline

 

by Frances Beinecke,†President, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)

This is a do-or-die moment for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Republican leaders in Congress have carried out their threat to pass a payroll tax-cut bill that contains a provision requiring President Obama to make a decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline in 60 days — without waiting for the full environmental review that has just begun.

The Keystone rider has nothing to do with tax relief. But Republican leaders cynically used what everyone agrees is the urgent need to extend the payroll tax and provide unemployment benefits to millions of Americans as an opportunity to score points with the oil industry.

The good news is that these anti-environmental lawmakers have overplayed their hand. The State Department has already said that it canít make a decision on the pipeline in only two months — which means the President must reject this monstrously destructive project.

Yet, Republican leaders and oil giants are trying to put terrific pressure on the White House to approve the Keystone XL, spreading disinformation about the pipelineís supposed job benefits and asking us to believe that making America even more dependent on dirty oil is good for national security.

Make no mistake: they are putting President Obama to the test right now. Thatís why itís more important than ever that we tell President Obama to stand up to Big Oil and reject the Keystone XL. Itís vital that he hear from hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens like you and me as soon as possible.

The Keystone XL pipeline — and the dirty tar sands oil it would transport — have no place in a nation building a cleaner, more secure energy future. You and I know it, and President Obama knows it. Now we need the President to demonstrate firm environmental leadership and reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

Take Action: Send a message to President Obama right now and ask him to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

 

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148 comments

Ruth R.
Ruth R.3 years ago

Thank you for the article. Posted to facebook, twiiter, sent !
{TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT -- MY COMMENT: TAR SANDS -- AS WE KNOW IT TODAY WITH ALL THE RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE IN -- IS A DISGRACE AND SHAME TO MANKIND. TAR SANDS IS A DETRIMENT AND DESTRUCTION TO ALL MANKIND, AND TO ALL THE EARTH, AND ALL THAT IS GOOD THAT LIVES ON EARTH -- FOR NOW AND FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.

THE TECHNOLOGY OF THE FOLLOWING IS BEING USED IN OTHER COUNTRIES -- (WHO LAUGH OR CRY BEHIND THE USA) --
WE CAN GO FULL SPEED AHEAD WITH WOODEN WIND TURBINES, WOODEN WINDMILLS, SOLAR PANELS FOR ELECTRIC ENERGY, SOLAR THERMAL ENERGY FOR HEATING AND COOLING, AND FLOAT AND BOAT WAVE ENERGY, WITH POSSIBLE USE OF THE -- NON-HARMFUL BIO-FUELS -- ALL THESE DONE AS PEOPLE AND EARTH FRIENDLY.}

Lynn D.
Lynn D.3 years ago

Signed and noted, thanks!

mitchell dawes
mitchell dawes3 years ago

Where's the petition?

Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege4 years ago

You know what to do Mr Obama.

Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege4 years ago

You know what to do Mr Obama.

john hall
john hall4 years ago

Steven B. there is no international oil corporation.

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer4 years ago

In the case of the Keystone xl pipeline the oil never belonged to us, we are just being used as a conduit for keystone to ship it's already sold oil to foreign markets from the oil storage facilities in New Orleans where the big tankers already load oil from gulf rigs.

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer4 years ago

NotKute & Jan H
It amazes me how stupid these drill baby drill republicans can be. the oil companies pay the leases and a stipend for each barrel of oil taken out but once it leaves the ground, whether in Alaska, the Gulf or any other oil field it, no longer belongs to the US but now belongs to an International Oil Corporation who runs the oil rigs and who has sold it long ago on the commodities futures markets and unless a national oil company can outbid China or Russia, Japan or any other energy starved country the oil does not come stateside but is shipped to the winning bidders refineries in their own countries. Is that too hard for you ninnies to understand. If it is I can draw pictures if the words are to advanced for you...

Sue Griffiths
SUE Griffiths4 years ago

You know the right thing to do Mr Obama. Have courage. Just do it!

Dr Clue
Dr Clue4 years ago

No matter where oil comes from , it is not a sustainable approach to energy. By continuing to prop up this buggy whip fossil fuel industry , we are reducing national security by insuring that as the world fights over a swindling supply our troops and treasure will be spent to secure it.

Instead of wasting our money on what is ABSOLUTELY NO ARGUMENT a dead end for energy we should instead invest in evolving our way to new , sustainable and conflict free sources of power.