Target: U.S. President Barack Obama
Goal: Applaud decision to veto a bill that would authorize construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline
A plan to build a new pipeline to carry tar sands oil from Canada to Texas has been the target of much resistance and criticism from environmentalists and community activists. The pipeline could have severe consequences on the environment and on people living near it, and it is expected to contribute to global warming and pollution. News recently broke that President Obama is planning to veto the bill approving the construction of the pipeline. Applaud his decision and encourage him to keep working against the pipeline.
The 1,200-mile-long pipeline is planned to go through habitats and communities, and to cut across the Ogallala Aquifer, which could contaminate the water supply of many communities. Native American community groups have protested the construction of the pipeline because of concerns regarding the impact it might have on their environment and communities. In addition to the expected pollution from the pipeline, there is also always a risk of a break or a leak, which could have grave and irreversible consequences.
Obama’s plan to veto the bill is not the end of the fight because there are other ways to pass it and many politicians and lobbyists will be working hard to try. Please join us in letting Obama know that we appreciate his decision to veto the bill, but that more work is still going to be required to prevent this dangerous pipeline from being build.
Dear Mr. President,
I have recently learned about your intention to veto the Keystone XL Pipeline bill. I wanted to reach out and let you know that you made the right decision, and that this pipeline has to be stopped. I know there are many politicians fighting for the pipeline, but the people who will actually have to live with its consequences have made it clear that they are not interested. Native American communities are particularly expected to be impacted by it, and have been fighting against it for a long time.
I want to not just thank you for taking a stand against the pipeline and vetoing its construction, but also to urge you to keep fighting against it. The environmental impact of this pipeline cannot be overstated, and its projected contribution to water and air pollution, habitat destruction, and global warming cannot be ignored. Please keep fighting for the environment and local communities, and not big corporations.
[Your Name Here]
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