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Update on the Keystone XL Pipeline: You Can Help!

September 9, 2011

Since I reported last on the Keystone XL Pipeline, 1,253 citizens were arrested in front of the White House between the August 20th – September 3rd sit-ins. These individuals non-violently protested against a pipeline that isn’t just bad for Americans, but for the world. The individuals who risked arrest at the White House had your best interest at heart. That’s right– you, the civilians around the world  who will be affected by the construction and operation of the pipeline.

The Keystone XL pipeline cannot be built without a “presidential permit” from the Obama Administration. The State Department has said it will make a final decision on whether or not to issue a presidential permit deeming the pipeline in “national interest” by the end of this year.

The last time I checked doubling U.S. reliance on dirty tar sands fuel and contributing to a massive expansion of destruction of the Boreal Forest in Canada wasn’t in our nation’s or the world’s best interest. And the last time I checked, polluting drinking water supplies in the U.S. heartland, and posing safety (and economic) risks from oil spills wasn’t in anyone’s best interest. Increasing dangerously high greenhouse gas emissions from tar sands extraction and undermining the many gains we’ve made in the United States through fuel efficiency standards and other means to reduce our dependence on oil and our contribution to climate change doesn’t cut it either, Mr. President.

This pipeline isn’t in anyone’s best interest other than the oil industry’s.

While the decision rests with President Obama, people all over the world are turning up the pressure on America’s Commander in Chief to ensure that he rejects the dirty pipeline.

In a letter released yesterday, nine distinguished recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize have written to President Obama, urging him to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline, saying his decision offers “a critical moment” to make good on his pledge to create a clean energy economy.

“The night you were nominated for president, you told the world that under your leadership—and working together—the rise of the oceans will begin to slow and the planet will begin to heal. You spoke of creating a clean energy economy. This is a critical moment to make good on that pledge, and make a lasting contribution to the health and well being of everyone of this planet.”

The nine Nobel Peace Prize laureates include: Mairead Maguire and Betty Williams of Ireland, who shared the prize in 1976, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel of Argentina (1980), Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa (1984), His Holiness the Dalai Lama (1989), Rigoberta Menchú Tum of Guatemala (1992), José Ramos-Horta of East Timor (1996), Jody Williams of the United States (1997), and Shirin Ebadi of Iran (2003).

There have been many other protesters throughout the world on every continent who have picketed outside embassies and consulates for this cause. It is an issue which we all must rally behind; global warming is one problem that affects everyone everywhere on this planet.

Cornell University’s Global Labor Institute just released a new fact sheet analyzing the latest economic data about Keystone XL, concluding that the project is far too risky to undertake in a fragile economic climate:

“The idea that Keystone XL is a “game changer” in terms of generating jobs and stimulating economic growth is a massive overstatement … However, building the Keystone XL pipeline represents a serious and long term commitment (valued at $14 billion) on the part of the U.S. to dirty fossil fuels—a commitment that will having a chilling effect on economic activity based on clean and renewable energy.”

Want to help stop this pipeline from being built?

Sign this petition. Anyone on this earth can help the efforts to reject  the requested permit for the Keystone XL pipeline!

Now the question remains: Will you help us?

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