Dear Secretary Kerry and President Obama,
I write in favor of the climate and in opposition to Keystone XL and the tar sands.
Last month, we saw a tar sands pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas spill nearly 10,000 barrels of tar sands oil into a residential neighborhood. This spill is yet one more indication that we are not prepared to transport or clean up this dirtier, heavier, toxic form of oil. The Arkansas spill also highlighted numerous unanswered questions that must be addressed before we allow a tar sands pipeline nearly 10 times the size of the Pegasus line to bisect our country and run through one of our most important aquifers.
Then this month, we have seen record-breaking temperatures in major cities across the United States -- just one more indication that we are experiencing the increasingly devastating impacts of climate change and need to alter our course immediately. It is impossible to fight climate change while simultaneously investing in the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fossil fuels on the planet. Many of the administration's bold advances in clean energy and vehicle efficiency have been critical, but much of that progress -- and the credit that comes with it -- will be erased if we also develop the tar sands.
Environmental momentum in Canada means that other new tar sands infrastructure is no longer a guarantee, so stopping Keystone XL will indeed be a big step against the tar sands. I demand climate leadership from this administration, and that has to begin with the rejection of Keystone XL. I also request that this comment on the draft SEIS and the pipeline, and all other comments, be made public in the interest of transparency and accountability.
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Rivers of oil through Arkansas backyards... 12 spills in the first Keystone pipeline's first year... Two years later, the Kalamazoo, Michigan spill still not cleaned up. It's time to say no to...
Rivers of oil through Arkansas backyards... 12 spills in the first Keystone pipeline's first year... Two years later, the Kalamazoo, Michigan spill still not cleaned up. It's time to say no to spills, no to tar sands, and yes to the climate!
This is the final official comment period for Keystone XL. Sierra Club supporters like you have already submitted over 100,000 comments -- we need to keep it up and push the environmental community's national total to one million by April 22!
In the weeks since the report came out, there have been three major oil spills in the United States, including one that poured 84,000 gallons of tar sands into Arkansas backyards. With stakes this high, there is no excuse for the White House to approve Keystone XL -- and it's up to activists like you to make sure the president gets the message: It's impossible to fight climate change while simultaneously investing in one of the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fossil fuels on the planet.