The saga of North America's Keystone XL pipeline continues.
On November 10, 2011, four days after twelve thousand people encircled the White House, the culmination of months of protests, President Obama announced "the decision on the pipeline permit would be delayed until at least 2013, pending further environmental review." In what seems like a major reversal, the Obama Administration is now applauding the news that TransCanada will go forward with building the southern leg of Keystone XL.
The Obama Administration may have reduced the US economy's dependency on foreign oil and natural gas, but all that's really accomplished is bringing the fight for clean energy to our own backyards. Off shore drilling, hydrofracking, and other fossil fuels are still being used rather than ANY OTHER safe, clean technology. NASA scientist Bill McKibben, who was arrested in front of the White House specifically while protesting the pipeline called the project "game over for the planet." McKibben has also stated, "This has become not only the biggest environmental flash point in many, many years, but maybe the issue in recent times in the Obama administration when he's been most directly confronted by people in the street. In this case, people willing, hopeful, almost dying for him to be the Barack Obama of 2008."
Shortly after the announcement about the building of the southern part of the pipeline, a mass email campaign from CREDO Action included this letter with an ongoing petition:
"Breaking up the pipeline in this way is quite simply TransCanada's latest end run around the State Department's formal review process."
"President Obama's support for the southern leg isn't a surprise -- he specifically mentioned this project as he was rejecting the full pipeline last month based on insufficient time to conduct a thorough review."
"But it is deeply disappointing that, just a month later, he would signal a willingness to backtrack on even that minimal condition, saying he would 'take every step possible to expedite the necessary federal permits.'"
"The southern portion of Keystone XL carries the same risks of oil spills on American water and soil, and brings the tar sands carbon bomb one big step closer to being unleashed across the world. President Obama must insure that the Department of Transportation and the Army Corps of Engineers do not cut any corners in evaluating this project, and consider it's full impacts on the climate."
Sign a petition to let the Obama administration know you stand against the expedition of the Keystone Pipeline.
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