Climate Activists Mobilize To Say Keystone XL Fails Obama’s Climate Test

Written by Scott Parkin

Topics: Action, Climate & Energy

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NOKXL BostonGame on.

Today, the State Dept. released its long awaited final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Keystone XL pipeline. Unfortunately, the EIS fails to fully address how catastrophic Keystone XL is for the climate.

This assessment is critical. In June President Obama said that he will not approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline if it “significantly exacerbates the problem of carbon pollution.” No matter what the EIS says, President Obama has the facts he needs to make his decision. Keystone XL will increase tar sands oil production, which generates at least three times more carbon pollution than conventional oil, it will poison communities from Alberta to the refineries of the Gulf Coast and is destroying part of Canada’s Boreal forest.

In other words, the pipeline is the fuse to the largest carbon bomb in North America….and what are we going to do about it?

On Monday (Feb. 3), we’ll start with hundreds of vigils to make sure President Obama cannot ignore the fact that Keystone XL fails his climate test.

We need you to host a vigil or join one in your neighborhood.

The decision to build the pipeline is up to the President and the President alone. Within 90 days he will release a National Interest Determination. We can influence that decision if we get out into the streets and make President Obama understand that if he truly wants to look into the eyes of his grandchildren and say he did what he could to make a safer world, he needs to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Already, over 76,000 people have signed the Keystone Pledge of Resistance. Already dozens have already taken action and risked arrest in Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago and Houston with the message to Obama: No Keystone XL! Over 100 actions are planned at strategic targets across the United States with a network of tens of thousands ready to take bold dignified acts of civil disobedience.

The clock is now ticking and we need to do everything in our power to make Obama reject the pipeline. That can start this Monday with vigils across the country. We’ll continue with the Keystone Pledge of Resistance and waves of non-violent civil disobedience leading up the Obama’s final decision.

But it won’t happen without you.

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

  1. Natalie Mudd says:

    REJECT the Keystone XL pipeline.

  2. Liz Waldman says:

    How many more catastrophes do you think the environment can absorb? I think we are past the tipping point and any new project proposal has to be scrutinized with a razor and rejected on any discovery that it will cause any negative impact to the environment.

    How about encouraging industry to clean up the messes we have? There are enough of them to keep them busy for a long time. Get the plastics and the fishing nets out of the oceans; that would be a great start. Who will pay for it? Ask yourself this: Who will pay for it if we DON’T do it??

  3. Karen Seale says:

    Dear President Obama,

    It’s time to stop giving the oil companies precedence over the environment. It’s time to end our dependency on fossil fuels and go to alternative energy sources that will not only make the world a cleaner, healthier place but will provide new jobs as well. Please, President Obama, rule against this pipeline and start to end the oil companies hold on our country. It will also set a precedent for the world to see that America values clean, alternative energy sources. This is the only future we have because if we continue the way we are, this world will not survive.

  4. Paul Hawley says:

    We (all humankind) need to leave two-thirds of the remaining fossil fuels in the ground. This is the only way to keep the global average temperature from rising beyond tipping points and entering either states or a continuing instability that is far less suitable for human life than any regime we have experienced in millions of years.

    The Keystone XL pipeline, enabling the Alberta tar sands extraction, does “significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution” without even miniscule economic stimulus (except to the extractors). It soundly fails your test, so you simply must reject it. Thank you.

  5. Scott says:

    I question why we don’t build a pipeline for water from the sea. It is far more efficient to pump water. And they will need a lot more water in the midwest region to clean tar sands. Our farms are already hard pressed to cope with drought conditions… And it takes more barrels of water to clean tar sands than barrels of oil produced. Much worse than carbon emissions is water pollution, and tar sands will pollute a lot of it, a necessity if you want to put tar into a pipe.
    A much more elegant solution: pipe in the sea water, refine tar sands locally, use power generated from refined tar fuel to distill the water for farm consumption, and use the Calera technique to sequester that power plant’s carbon into brine water and mix with tar/sand into a cementious building product. It should have a consistency of asphalt/cement, a product needed for building roads!

  6. judy fink says:

    I believe you are a man of your word and am confident you will reject the tar sands pipeline…

  7. Pamela Lopez says:

    Preserving our planet means saying NO! to the Keystone XL pipeline. We must be thinking of our future generations (much less those of us who inhabit this beautiful planet now) and be gentle stewards of our home — not the destroyers.

  8. candace lange says:

    If you do not stop this pipeline and make the oil companies inspect ALL of the pipelines across the country…I will never respect you again…you will go down in history as the last chance for government action on this…and you turned away. Step up Obama and earn the vote I gave you!

  9. dixie says:

    Please protect Our Enviorment….Now

  10. nan stevenson says:

    Please VETO the Keystone Pipeline…they are not safe, they pollute and we need to fix that infrastructure and the trains first

  11. bente petersen says:

    reject the pipeline.

  12. Brittany Stewart says:

    PLEASE, please, don’t allow this tragedy in waiting to happen! Please think of your beautiful daughters, and your potential grandchildren!

  13. Eric says:

    So what can we do. Give us some tasks.

  14. Eric says:

    Give us some concrete actions that we can take.

  15. vesta burnett says:

    Our children deserve a clean, sustainable future!! Say NO to anymore oil & gas drilling!! We need renewable energy!! Clean air, clean water, clean soil, clean food!!

  16. Elizabeth Heard says:

    The world is watching, please be true to your word.

  17. They Keystone Pipeline is not an energy solution! We are desperate for green, alternative energy solutions! PLEASE HELP AMERICANS BE GOOD STEWARDS and leave a better world for our grandchildren and future generations. Expensive and destructive extraction is not the answer to climate change or energy independence. I am outraged by this big push to frack, drill and mine America’s AND Canada’s gas, oil and coal for consumption in Asia. That is not energy independence! It is irresponsible, unmitigated GREED. If you want to create jobs, invest in new clean technology! This ramped up fossil fuel extraction policy is turning our stunningly beautiful and historic Columbia River Gorge into a fossil fuel transportation corridor to China! Stop the fossil fuel subsidies and put SOLAR PANELS on every business and home in America. PUT A PRICE ON CARBON that reflects the real costs of fossil fuels to our health; our water, our air, our plants, animals and fish; a price that includes the costs of climate disasters and catastrophes, too. We need our President to be forward thinking, not a puppet of the fossil fuel industries!

  18. Lolita Lindsay Buxton says:

    Please Mr. President don’t approve the Tar Sands XL Pipeline. We’ve already incurred a lot of devastation to our environment. You asked us to keep you and Congress to be accountable. We are pleading with you to stop the drilling and fracking. We need to protect Mother Earth.

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