TELL OBAMA TO STOP KEYSTONE XL before its too late (petition)

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Even with a president who recently professed a lofty goal of getting all cars off of oil, even with one of our stronger climate hawk senators as the new secretary of state, the State Department still released a joke of an environmental assessment of the Keystone XL pipeline, taking us one big step closer to approval of this project that should be a no-brainer of a rejection.

The U.S. State Department found the project is “unlikely to have a significant impact” on tar sands development [which ignores all the scientific evidence to the contrary].

Here’s exactly what we have in mind: The State Department is now considering the more than one million comments on its sham assessment opposing Keystone XL – including a very critical comment from the EPA. While we wait for the Administration to finalize its environmental assessment we will petition, rally, make phone calls, and comment through official channels.


Background info (

Canada’s tar sands, deposits of sand saturated with bitumen, contain twice the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by global oil use in our entire history. If we were to fully exploit this new oil source, and continue to burn our conventional oil, gas and coal supplies, concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere eventually would reach levels higher than in the Pliocene era, more than 2.5 million years ago, when sea level was at least 50 feet higher than it is now.

That level of heat-trapping gases would assure that the disintegration of the ice sheets would accelerate out of control. Sea levels would rise and destroy coastal cities.

Background info (, inc. another petition):

• Keystone XL risks destroying more jobs than it creates.
• Keystone XL threatens to further poison the air of people living near tar sands oil refineries.
• Keystone XL jeopardizes the Ogallala Aquifer, source of one-third of America’s farmland irrigation water.
• Keystone XL endangers the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer, which supplies water to more than 10 million Texans.

8 thoughts on “TELL OBAMA TO STOP KEYSTONE XL before its too late (petition)

  1. Signed. Ed Schultz debated Keystone XL with Michael Brune of the Sierra Club today. Schultz surprisingly is in favor of the pipeline extension. He argued that the oil produced from the Canadian tar sands will be distributed regardless of whether XL is approved or not, and that transporting it by pipeline is safer than shipping it by rail.

    Schultz is wrong, IMO. The reason for building XL is to lower distribution costs, not to reduce safety. If XL is not approved, Canadian tar sands oil will be cost prohibitive on the current oil market. Some investors are already backing out over concerns that President Obama might not approve XL this year.

    What we should be doing is increasing the production of renewable energy so that its price relative to fossil fuels drops. That’s the best way to keep dirty tar sands oil in the ground where it belongs.

    • Thanks for signing the petition! And I agree with you about renewable energy. If projects like the pipeline become less desirable due to costs, than no one will want to bother with it. There is some good progress being made on the renewables front, but more needs to be done.

  2. I agree with you Robert and Tanya but as often as I sign petitions and protest the XL pipeline I know that that chicken-shit-Obummer will sign it into existence. He is the slave-boy NOT a president. And this has saddened me from the beginning of this travesty called the obama administration.

    • That’s very cynical. I put the petition up because I want people to sign it. Even if Obama allows the pipeline to go through anyway, at least he, and the public, will know that a lot of people are against it. So far, 75,000 people have signed that petition (as of yesterday), and more will sign. So even if he allows it, his actions will further mar his already worsening approval ratings and it will backfire on him.

      I think that, right now, that may be the best we can do, but the work is not done, yet. There’s a lot more that the average citizen and environmental orgs can, and are, doing. Being cynical will never bring progress or reform because the one who feels it doesn’t even attempt to change anything. You’ve stopped before you’ve even started. If everyone felt cynical, than nothing would ever get done. That’s why I choose not to think like that.

      I also think that insulting the president, no matter how much you dislike him, is counter-productive and creates anger and hatred. No matter how much we dislike the other side, we can’t hate them. Hating someone just leaves you stuck and unwilling to bother changing their behavior. Hate can never be a positive force.

      • I agree with you, Tanya. Cynicism to the point of giving up is self-defeatist. There are no guarantees in life. People either fight for what they believe, or people surrender their principles and blame others for having lost them. I would rather fight and lose than to lose without a fight.

        My blog has been very critical of President Obama whenever warranted. But his presidency has been infinitely better than what would have occurred under a Republican administration. The idea of GOP-controlled White House and Congress is frightening to contemplate.

        • I agree with what you’ve said. While Obama obviously isn’t the ideal president, the GOP is FAR worse! Part of some people’s cynical views have to do with liking neither side. But that’s no excuse for giving up. I would much rather have Democrats in charge. Atleast they don’t despise the average American the way Republicans do. We have much more of a chance for change with the Dems, and change is our goal. When you are cynical, change IS NOT your goal. You’d rather just stay angry and hateful.

  3. Reblogged this on Grant Us Peace and commented:
    When I first learned about the pipeline & Tar Sands I did a little research. What I found just floored me. I offer the following image: Imagine the world, our precious planet Earth, as a living, breathing, fragile child. She is full of life, energy, and love. She has skin, bones, organs, & blood just like us. Every time we drill, frack, or blow the tops off mountains it is like we are gouging into her flesh leaving open, bleeding, festering wounds. Eventually Earth will die unless we stop this madness. Sign a petition. Make a call. Mail a letter. Join a vigil. Get involved!

    • I love your comparison of Earth to a fragile child! It’s extremely important that we view the Earth with that kind of respect and love. It’s also important that we take strong action to protect the planet. Thanks for the reblog! The more people sign the petition, the better!

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