Target: Donald Trump, President of the United States
Goal: Cancel plans of constructing the environmentally devastating Keystone XL pipeline.
Trump has revived the Keystone XL pipeline, which was rejected by former President Barack Obama. The pipeline is expected to carry some 800,000 barrels of oil daily from Canada to the Gulf Coast. It has been supported by Republicans and even some Democrats who claim that the project will bring about new jobs, but environmentalists warn that the methods used to extract oil for the pipeline would produce even more planet-warming emissions than petroleum.
We should be striving to create new jobs in clean, renewable energy, not in an industry that will cause further harm to an already damaged and fragile environment. Sign below to tell President Trump that this pipeline is not what the American people want.
Dear Mr. President,
By reviving plans to build the Keystone XL pipeline, you have committed to creating jobs in oil, as you’d promised. However, you’ve also committed to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions. You have committed to undoing our nation’s progress in environmental action, moving us backward rather than forward to clean, sustainable energy. This is not what the American people want. Unlike you, the majority of Americans believe in climate change, a phenomenon clearly supported by a plethora of scientific evidence. We want to protect our environment, not damage it further with intensive oil extraction.
Creating new jobs is undoubtedly important, but this is not the way to do it. You should be committing to creating jobs in renewable energy — jobs that will make us leaders in sustainability, not perpetrators of environmental devastation. Kill the Keystone XL pipeline. It is what is best for our future.
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