“Essentially game over” for the climate — that’s how NASA scientist James Hansen describes the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would funnel highly toxic tar sands oil from Canada all the way to Texas.
Now some good news: we can stop this.
Unlike many other problems facing our country, this one has a single decision maker. President Obama can block Keystone XL. No grand bargains required. He doesn’t have to haggle with the hopelessly divided and bought-off Congress — he, himself, can sign or refuse to sign a letter certifying that the proposed pipeline is ‘in the national interest.’ If he says no, than the pipeline won’t be developed. It’s that simple.
We need to remind President Obama that our generation put him in office, and we are watching.
Here are two ways to take action:
Two thousand of you have already sent a letter to President Obama calling on him to reject Keystone XL, but we know we can be louder. Please sign the petition today and let your friends know about this critical moment.
From August 20th – September 3rd a peaceful protest is taking place in Washington D.C. to “defuse the largest carbon bomb in North America”. The organizers say over 1,500 people have already signed up to join the sit-in outside the White House and risk arrest. To find out more visit TarSandsAction.org.
Before being sentenced to two years in jail for his act of civil disobedience, climate hero Tim DeChristopher told the court: “I am here today because I have chosen to protect the people locked out of the system over the profits of the corporations running the system. I say this not because I want your mercy, but because I want you to join me.”
It is in that spirit that we must stand up, and take bold action for our future. This is a fight we can and must win.