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March 7, 2013 / franteplitz

President Obama: Keep Your Word on Climate!

ObamaWe will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.

We cannot cede to other nations the [clean energy] technology that will power new jobs and new industries, we must claim its promise.

But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will. I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.

 

President Obama made these staunch and compelling statements in his inaugural address and in his State of the Union address. They are words to live by and words to act on – and we urge the President to keep his word to the American people. His decision whether to pursue or reject TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is a crucial opportunity for moving our nation away from a fossil fuels-based economy and toward the development of the clean energy economy that the times, and the earth, require.

While weak on its environmental analysis, the State Department’s new report on the Keystone XL pipeline affirms that tar sands oil generates more greenhouse gas emissions than regular oil. The report also confirms that the job creation potential of the KXL will be far less than touted earlier – and that the number of permanent jobs is merely…..thirty-five. We need to invest in clean energy development and efficiency – where domestic job creation holds real potential. Clean energy jobs provide more career opportunities than the fossil fuel industry “across all levels of skill and education,” according to the Department of Economics and Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Canadian tar sands oil is considered the dirtiest oil on earth. Expanding the extraction, transport, and use of this dirty fuel will seriously hurt our nation’s economic and environmental health. Following the release last week of the State Department’s report, there is a 45-day public comment period on the pipeline. The public can urge the Obama Administration to reject this KXL project by sending an email to: keystonecomments@state.gov

President Obama rejected the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline in January 2012 – now he needs to reject it permanently.

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