Thousands March Against KXL & For Clean Energy
Tens of thousands of Americans from across the country marched on February 17th from the Washington Monument to the White House, demanding that President Obama reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline once and for all — and take steps to build a strong U.S. clean energy economy.
“Climate action is our obligation!” read signs held by students.” “We can’t eat dollars and we can’t drink oil!” proclaimed indigenous leaders from Canada. Solar and Wind Power Now!” demanded others.
Green America members joined activists from the Sierra Club, 350.org, and more than 150 other organizations to urge President Obama to act on his recent statements about the urgency to address climate change. As the President stated in his inaugural address: “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.” Just a few weeks later, in his State of the Union address, the President asserted: “…the fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods – all are now more frequent and intense. We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science – and act before it’s too late.”
Now, Mr. President, is the time to act before it is indeed too late. Whether from the perspective of human health, environmental health, increased carbon pollution, energy security, job creation, or U.S. competitiveness globally – support for the Keystone XL pipeline is the wrong course of action. We need to invest now in the clean energy technologies that will support people and the planet for generations to come.