In January 2013, Nebraska approved a new route for the Keystone XL pipeline that poses of a danger to the Ogalalla Aquifer -- a hugely important source of drinking water for the midwest. That's just one more step toward making this disastrous pipeline a reality.
The Keystone XL pipeline would pump oil from Alberta's tar sands to refineries on the Texas Coast. Tar sands oil is one of the dirtiest fossil fuels on earth. It takes an immense amount of energy -- and thus lots of emissions -- to even collect the oil. In its raw form it's incredibly corrosive, putting added pressure on any pipeline it travels through and increasing the chance for a devastating spill.
This is not the kind of energy solution we need, but the project is already underway in Texas. But, because the pipeline crosses national borders, it requires approval from the state department. New Secretary of State John Kerry knows more dirty oil isn't worth the investment. Tell Kerry to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.
One of the first issues you'll have to tackle as Secretary of State is to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta, Canada to Texas. I urge you to reject this proposal.
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The type of oil that will be transported through the pipeline -- collected from Alberta's tar sands -- is one of the dirtiest fossil fuels on earth. More heavy-polluting and carbon intensive fossil fuels aren't the type of energy solutions we need for our future. Please, reject the Keystone XL pipeline and fight for smarter, cleaner energy solutions.
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