Target: United States President Barack Obama
Goal: Stop the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline
Recently, over a thousand students stood in front of the White House in Washington D.C. with signs protesting the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The protestors were demanding that President Obama stick to his political promises: if the Keystone XL addition to the pipeline proved to be detrimental to the environment, President Obama would not approve it. The facts are in, and it is time America’s President put a stop to the pipeline addition; demand President Obama put the environment before profit.
The Keystone XL Pipeline is the fourth phase of a project stretching from Canada to Texas. The first three phases of the pipeline are currently under construction and the fourth, the Keystone XL, is yet to be approved. If approved, the fourth phase will stretch from Alberta, Canada, to Steele City, Nebraska; this completion will allow for 830,000 barrels of crude oil to be transported through the pipeline daily. A main concern with the pipeline, as is with any oil extractor or transporter, is a leak in the line. A leak would undoubtedly pollute crucial water supplies and harm migratory birds, in the very least, as the pipeline will stretch through incredibly fragile land.
The best plan of action is to reject the final phase of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Students, many of whom tout President Obama as the first President they ever voted for, have vowed to protest and fight for the environment, even if Obama hands more of it over to Big Oil. President Obama was largely elected by a generation that believed in his respect for the environment and vow to combat climate change. We must hold him accountable and urge that he reject the Keystone XL Pipeline. Sign this petition urging President Obama to put the well-being of the environment before profit.
Dear President Obama,
Over a thousand extremely passionate students stood before the gates of the White House in protest of the proposed completion of the Keystone Pipeline. The final phase in question, the Keystone XL Pipeline, has been deemed an extreme environmental risk if it were to be built. As with any equipment that extracts or transports oil, there is a possibility that the pipeline will leak; the pipeline will cross an active fault line capable of producing massive earthquakes, and will run next to important water supplies. Not to mention, the pipeline’s presence alone will negatively affect countless ecosystems.
President Obama, I urge you to heed the concern and environmental dedication of the students that helped elect you into office, and the students that recently stood at your gates to protest the pipeline. Extracting from oil sands is significantly more polluting than extracting conventional oil, releasing up to seventeen percent more greenhouse gas emissions. This is detrimental to the climate and contributes to climate change; you promised to reject the Keystone XL if it did just that.
The Keystone XL Pipeline is bad news. We must move toward renewable energy instead of increasingly rely on finite resources. President Obama, I urge you to put the environment before profit.
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