Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Stop the completion of the destructive Keystone XL Pipeline
A major climate decision is resting in the hands of the United States government. The Keystone XL Pipeline would transport crude oil from the tar sands of Canada to Texas to be shipped around the world. The president has insisted that this pipeline will not benefit oil prices in America, contrary to former belief. The pipeline would contribute to global warming, threaten biodiversity along its path and fuel the world’s unhealthy dependence on fossil fuels. The House of Representatives has passed the Keystone bill; if the Senate follows suit, hope lies with President Obama.
If the Senate votes for the completion of the pipeline, the final decision will rest with the Obama Administration because the pipeline crosses into Canada. Obama has threatened to use his veto before, when prior discussion of this completion took place. However, no one knows for sure if the president still intends to veto the completion. Numerous studies have been done on the pipeline’s effect on ecosystems it will travel through, when completed. If a leak occurs, which is highly possible, important plant life will die, water sources will become polluted and endangered animals will be compromised.
Nothing good will come from the completion of the pipeline. Gas prices will not lower in America and humans will become more dependent on dirty energy. Carelessly exhausting the earth’s fossil fuels will not satisfy future generations. Humans must focus on clean energy. Urge President Obama to veto the Keystone XL Pipeline bill when it arrives on his desk.
Dear President Obama,
I am writing to express my concern over the Keystone XL Pipeline. I urge you to use your power of veto if need be; you have said before that you do not fully trust the pipeline, with good reason. Expert studies show destruction and death if the pipeline were to leak or become damaged. It will transport oil that will not benefit the United States. Nothing good will come of the pipeline.
Too much is at stake in regards to the Keystone XL Pipeline. The people of America must shift their attention away from dirty fossil fuel energy and instead focus on renewable, clean energy. Please take your focus away from the fossil fuel industry and instead invest in clean solar and wind power.
Please use your power of veto on the Keystone XL Pipeline bill. Current and future generations are counting on you to be a positive change for the climate. Do not go down in history as a climate change accelerator.
[Your Name Here]
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