President Obama has said he will not approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline if it “significantly exacerbate[s] the problem of carbon pollution.” The verdict in is clear: Keystone XL fails President Obama’s climate test.
I urge you to honestly inform the President on how the pipeline will increase production levels of tar sands oil in Alberta, lock us in to dependence on this dirty fuel and therefore significantly increase carbon pollution for decades.
Rainforest Action Network
Right now is the last chance to submit an official public comment and be heard on Keystone XL.
On Friday, January 31, we moved a step closer to discovering what President Obama's true climate legacy will be, when the State Department released environmental assessment of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
Secretary of State John Kerry must tell President Obama whether he thinks it is "in our national interest" to approve this dirty and dangerous pipeline. Right now is the last official public comment period on the pipeline* and we need to weigh in immediately while this assessment is still being reviewed: the Keystone XL pipeline is a climate catastrophe.
In fact, the assessment concludes that tar sands oil transported from Canada to the Gulf Coast through Keystone XL will emit upwards of 27.4 million tons of carbon dioxide annually, creating the equivalent climate pollution of the exhaust of nearly 6 million cars each year. If you factor the lifespan of Keystone XL, likely several decades, the President is being asked to consider locking-in roughly a billion tons of extra emissions at a time when nations are trying urgently to reduce emissions to keep within safe climate limits.
As a Senator, John Kerry lead on climate issues. He could again as Secretary of State but only if he hears from you.
Sign the petition right now to tell Secretary Kerry that Keystone XL is bad for the climate and bad for our nation. Rainforest Action Network will deliver your signature before the final public comment period on Keystone XL ends on March, 7.
*(Docket #: DOS-2014-0003)
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