Tell President Obama to End the Keystone Pipeline
Will you take five minutes right now to ask President Obama to make climate change a priority this year, starting by putting an end to the Keystone Pipeline? And then ask five of your friends to do the same?
As NASA scientist James Hansen has said: "The Keystone pipeline spells game over for the climate." If we don't act, this massive 1700-mile pipeline would allow some of the world's dirtiest oil to travel from Canada's tar sands through America's heartland -- jeopardizing our water, our air, and our climate.
The entrenched, powerful fossil fuel industry has kept our government from taking comprehensive action to address the climate crisis. But we've outmatched them at every turn with the Keystone XL pipeline.
Mr. President, you are the first leader in our history who will be judged by what you do -- or do not do -- to protect your people from the already-begun ravages and disruptions brought about by fossil fuels.
Just a few months ago, we witnessed New York and New Jersey swallowed up by our still-rising oceans. Our worsening nationwide drought, after the hottest year on record, is clear evidence that our planet is not healing, but is hurtling toward greater climate disruption.
The time to act on climate is now. We ask that you start by rejecting the presidential permit required by the Keystone XL pipeline, which is your decision and yours alone.
To meet your inaugural call on climate change, your "all of the above" energy policy must end. Your support for fracking and drilling, coal mines and pipelines continues to obliterate the progress you could be making with your administration's gas mileage rule, or your investments in renewable energy. Even if you finally issue a carbon pollution rule that addresses existing source of pollution, it will mean nothing if you are simultaneously lighting the fuses on carbon bombs by approving the Keystone XL pipeline, Arctic drilling, or fossil fuel export projects.
You must use the power of your office and our federal lands to stop promoting fossil fuel development, and reject these projects outright.
This is the moment. We will support you. But you must lead and take action.