Tell President Obama: Reject Keystone XL!

  • by: Sierra Club
  • recipient: President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry
This is the final official comment period for Keystone XL!

The State Department has released their revised report on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline -- and it downplays the overall effect of the tar sands on our climate. But science is on our side, and we have several weeks during this comment period to show the president that there is a national movement demanding he keep his climate promises.

In the weeks since the report came out, there have been two tar sands spills in the United States, including one that poured 84,000 gallons of tar sands into Arkansas backyards. With stakes this high, there is no excuse for the White House to approve Keystone XL -- and it's up to activists like you to make sure the president gets the message: It's impossible to fight climate change while simultaneously investing in one of the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fossil fuels on the planet.

Please submit your official public comment in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline!
Subject: Reject Keystone XL

Dear Secretary Kerry and President Obama,

In President Obama's inaugural address, 2012 campaign, and 2008 victory speech, he promised to lead on climate. In his first major speech as Secretary of State, John Kerry echoed that promise, as did his predecessor, Secretary Clinton. If our government is going to keep those promises, it must start by rejecting tar sands pipelines, especially Keystone XL.

It's impossible to fight climate change while simultaneously investing in the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fossil fuels on the planet. The administration's bold advances in clean energy and vehicle efficiency have been critical, but much of that progress -- and the credit that comes with it -- will be erased if we also develop the tar sands.

Environmental momentum in Canada means that other new tar sands infrastructure is no longer a guarantee, and stopping Keystone XL will indeed be a big step against the tar sands. I demand climate leadership from this administration, and that has to begin with the rejection of Keystone XL.

I also request that this comment on the draft SEIS and the pipeline, and all other comments, be made public in the interest of transparency and accountability.
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