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May 21, 2013 / franteplitz

Call Your Representative Today! Still NO! on the Keystone XL Pipeline

ImageIt’s time to whip out those talking points against the Keystone XL Pipeline yet again — the House is expected to vote, likely this week, on legislation it’s tried to pass before to expedite construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. As with the past House legislation, the Republicans’ goal is to undercut President Obama’s decision-making authority on the pipeline and to try to force the pipeline project to move ahead.  Because the proposed pipeline is an international (US-Canadian) project, it requires approval by the Administration.

The measure is anticipated to be fully supported by Republicans and it might garner some Democratic support as well. Fortunately, this push for more fossil fuel is unlikely to advance in the Senate.

We need to maintain pressure against the KXL – from concerned individuals, businesses, investors, religious leaders, students, and everyone who recognizes the need to focus our nation on renewable energy development.

The pipeline has dire implications for climate change, human health, the environment, and the U.S. economy. Extracting dirty, Canadian tar sands oil, transporting it through the U.S., and exporting much if it via the Texas Gulf Coast is an irresponsible strategy….unless you represent Big Oil. It does not serve the interests of the U.S. public that will have to endure oil spills, health problems, and rising fuel costs in Midwestern states that could lead to increased unemployment. It does not serve the interests of the Cree, Dene and Métis indigenous communities that now endure the consequences of tar sands extraction.

Tell your Representative today that you oppose the Keystone XL  pipeline and urge your Representative to VOTE AGAINST any legislation to advance this dirty energy project. Congressional switchboard: (202) 224-3121. To find your Representative: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

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