Target: President Obama
Goal: Reject the dangerous Keystone XL Pipeline project once and for all.
Just when America thought it was safe from the infamous Keystone XL Pipeline, Big Oil has reared its head again. TransCanada, the company behind Keystone, is attempting to delay President Obama’s decision to reject a permit for the project. The president has made his lack of support for the project clear, citing Keystone as an oil spill waiting to happen and a massive contributor to climate change. Keystone is meant to transport oil extracted from dirty tar sands in Alberta, Canada to Texas refineries. The over 2,000 mile-long trip would traverse numerous sensitive ecological areas, threatening wildlife and communities. Additionally, the extraction of oil from tar sands produces 17 percent more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional oil extraction. It is clear Keystone would only benefit Big Oil, while setting back American goals of green energy and climate change action. Despite The president’s repeated attempts to reject proposals for the project since 2010, the battle to build Keystone wages on.
TransCanada recently sent a request to the U.S. State Department to delay its review of the pipeline permit. The company cites supposed route issues in Nebraska as the reason for the delay, but it is clear their request is strategic; TransCanada hopes to wait out President Obama’s incumbency in order to try their plan with a new administration. President Obama must not allow the conniving actions of Big Oil to circumvent his rejection. We need to make the Keystone project a thing of the past and clean, renewable energy the focus of our future. Please urge the president to ignore the tactics of TransCanada and make a final decision to reject Keystone XL as soon as possible.
Dear President Obama,
TransCanada, the company responsible for the Keystone XL pipeline plan, is attempting once more to avoid a rejection for their dirty tar sands operation. In the past several years, you have made it clear to the American people that you do not support the Keystone project. You rightfully note concerns over the potential for serious oil spills and contribution to climate change. Despite this, TransCanada is asking the State Department to delay the review of the presidential permit application for Keystone. Although the company says it needs the extra time to negotiate routes in Nebraska, it is clear they are just trying to buy time. Big Oil hopes to wait out your incumbency in order to force their plan on a new administration in 2017.
Environmentally hazardous plans like Keystone that only benefit Big Oil while jeopardizing the rest of America have no place in our future. I urge you to maintain your stance on fighting climate change and focusing on renewable energy and reject Keystone once in for all, before it’s too late.
[Your Name Here]
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