Target: Speaker of the House John Boehner
Goal: Applaud the death of the Keystone XL Pipeline bill and ensure it never gets resurrected
On November 18, 2014, the Senate was one vote short from approving the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. The project would carry crude oil from Canada to Texas, and it is a massive concern to many environmentalists. Issues such as climate change, pollution, the economy, and America’s reliance on oil are being more seriously considered. It is a close victory, one that should be celebrated, but Americans still need to be vigilant on this issue. We must tell Speaker of the House John Boehner that we do not want this pipeline to be created.
If constructed, the Keystone XL Pipeline would carry over 830,00 barrels of tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to oil refineries in Texas. There, the oil would be processed for commercial use, feeding into the nation’s reliance on oil. ForceChange has published multiple petitions on this issue, and it has become very well known. Its construction would tear up the environment, as Canada would be forced to give the United States a constant supply of oil. Any sort of disaster — like a leak or an explosion — would be disastrous for any environment, whether it be on land or in the water.
The pipeline cuts through several valuable habitats, including those in the Missouri, Platte, and Niobrara Rivers. These areas are home to the sage grouse and sandhill cranes. The pipeline also slices through several agricultural sites; if a leak were to occur it would not only affect the environment, but the livelihood of farmers and our food supply. There is also great concern over the massive amount of carbon being released into the atmosphere from the strip mining operations.
Many environmentalists believe this pipeline will not solve problems, it will only create more. Supporters of this project believe that it will create jobs, but jobs shouldn’t take precedence over our environment and wildlife. Many opponents also believe that the Keystone Pipeline will only make the wealthy richer and the poor poorer. As concerned citizens, we should celebrate this bill’s death, but continue to voice our opinions to Speaker of the House John Boehner until this issue is buried completely.
Dear Speaker of the House John Boehner,
Recently the Keystone XL Pipeline bill died in the Senate, resulting in applause from many environmentalists. While there was still widespread support for this issue, I must reiterate the importance of our environment. This pipeline will not benefit our planet in any way; in fact, it will destroy it. Humans are ingenious creatures and we realize that our survival depends upon the planet. I do not understand why we insist on tearing up the planet for energy when there are cleaner ways to obtain it.
I encourage you and many others in the White House to fight against this pipeline. I know that there is still heavy support for this project, but you must realize how sacred and precious our land is. Do not allow this bill to be resurrected.
[Your Name Here]
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