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.