This is a National Sierra Club Alert on Keystone XL and Climate Change. If you have been wondering what you can do to make a difference on climate change, here is your answer. NOW is when we can get make our voices heard!! NOW is when we need you to act!!
Today, President Obama has all the information he needs — Keystone XL fails his climate test. The State Department just released its final environmental impact report on the project — and despite the spin from the oil industry, it shows our voices have made a difference. Don’t believe the media hype: with your help, we can defeat Keystone XL once and for all.
President Obama vowed to reject the pipeline if the project would “significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.” The verdict is in: Keystone XL fails President Obama’s climate test. Evidence from the scientific community, industry analysts, and the EPA had already shown that Keystone XL would increase carbon pollution from the tar sands, and today the State Department backed away from its previous claim that the pipeline won’t have a significant impact.
The State Department report was Big Oil’s last hope for cheating on President Obama’s climate test. A flawed and biased draft report — written by a dues-paying member of the American Petroleum Institute — claimed that Keystone XL wouldn’t have a significant environmental impact.
The facts, however, told a different story. Everyone from oil industry financial analysts to the EPA confirmed that Keystone XL would spur massive tar sands expansion in Alberta, which would lead to a significant increase in carbon pollution. While the State Department’s review has significant problems, it now acknowledges that Keystone XL will have the carbon pollution equivalent to adding up to 5.7 million cars to the roads.
The president made a promise to young people when he vowed to reject Keystone if it would harm the climate, telling them, “I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing.”
Now is President Obama’s opportunity to show he means it, that his actions match his words, and that he’ll keep his promises to future generations. The only way he can do this is by listening to the facts and rejecting Keystone XL.
Together, we can win this. Thank you for protecting our climate,
Sierra Club Executive Director
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