Keystone XL Has Reared Its Ugly Head Again – And We Have 24 Hours To Stop It

Written by Amanda Starbuck

Topics: Oil

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We are greater than oilThe Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has reared its ugly head yet again. This time, we have just 24 hours to stop it.

President Obama rejected Keystone XL last month, but now many Senators are rushing to resurrect it in order to protect their friends, Big Oil. The Senate could vote as early as Tuesday on a deal that would greenlight construction of the pipeline. As you read this, the oil industry is tightening the screws on the remaining Senators they need to get this thing passed.

To stop them, we need a massive response. That’s why, for the next 24 hours, the climate movement is uniting to blitz the Senate with messages from across the country demanding that they reject Keystone XL. Our goal is to collect and send 500,000 messages between now and the vote on Keystone. Dozens of organizations are working together, and we will be joined by bloggers, media figures, and our celebrity allies to make our message unavoidable.

We don’t have a second to lose. Can you sign the petition to the Senate right away and then share it with your friends?

There is no way to build Keystone XL that does not accelerate production of horrendously dirty tar sands oil and contribute disastrous amounts of carbon to the atmosphere. The only people benefiting from this pipeline would be Big Oil — every single claim about the positive economic impacts has been proven false by independent review.

24 hours from now, a team in Washington, DC will march into the Senate with 50 giant boxes, each holding 10,000 signatures (or more!). It will be a unified show of our power: our voices against the dollars of the fossil fuel industry.

Please send a message to your Senators right now and urge them to represent us, not Big Oil.

Thanks for everything you’ve done already. Let’s make the next 24 hours a big, big deal.

*UPDATE* We made it to 500,000 signatures! Alayna Yael Cohen, from Nebraska was the 500,000th signer and had this to say about the pipeline:

“the Senate Republicans have been working hard to keep Keystone XL alive despite the fact that the analysis of its supposed economic benefits cited by TransCanada is tainted by the ties of the Perryman Group (an economic research firm based in Waco, Texas) to the oil industry. the only independent study of the Keystone XL’s potential for creating US jobs found that the pipeline will likely create 500-1400 temporary construction jobs; not ‘more than 250,000 permanent jobs’ as the Perryman Group claimed in its 2010 report (not to mention, TransCanada’s Keystone I pipeline–which carries approximately half of the 1.1 million barrels PER DAY that XL is expected to carry–leaked 12 times in its first and only year of existence~). sign this petition to tell the Senate that the pipeline should be rejected until more light has been shed on the discrepancy between these estimates and the risks of the pipeline have been adequately addressed.”

Thanks to everyone for their efforts to put this squarely on the Senate’s radar today – now let’s push it even further!


4 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. John and Martha Stoltenberg says:

    When we get off our dependency on oil we will erode the economic power of the pro-fascist oil capitalists and their pro-fascist oil companies!

  2. Paul Strome says:

    I am fed up with the wealthy of this planet dictating to the rest of us what we are going to eat; what we are going to drink; what kind of health care we are going to receive compared to them, and what lies we are going to receive packaged as “news”. Why do you think we have “Occupy Wall Street”? More and more of us are fed up with the wealthy because they are greedy, selfish individuals who do not care for anyone but themselves. The Tar Sands project is the dirtiest oil on the planet and it has already polluted the Athabaska River from the tailings lake all the way downstream which the engineers said would not happen. The Keystone XL pipeline would be another example of human mismanagement like the Exxon Valdez; the BP oil disaster in the gulf of Mexico, and a growing list of environmental screwups that planners and engineers say they are prepared for.

  3. The tar-sands operation and the proposed XL Pipeline is too risky, and too destructive to our environment. Oil-pipelines WILL leak, and tar-sands oil extraction is the most polluting, dirty, and environmentally damaging means to extract oil, known to mankind. The people have spoken. This proposed XL Pipeline will only enable a very few at the top of the economic pyarmid to further enrich their personal fortunes, while leaving our planet further polluted. Our strong, resounding NO, must be heeded. NO, and HELL NO!!!

  4. Thanks everybody for signing – we passed the 500,000 signers milestone!

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