Target: Al Gore
Goal: Thank Al Gore for requesting a veto on Keystone XL pipeline
A Canadian energy company hopes to build a portion of its oil pipeline, known as the Keystone XL, in the United States. In order to begin construction the company must get a presidential permit from President Obama. Former Vice President Al Gore has recently urged the President to veto the project due to the risk it poses to ecosystems, water sources and public health.
TransCanada is hoping to get the Presidential permit they need to start construction on a 2,000 mile oil pipe trekking from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas. The pipeline, known as the Keystone XL, would carry one of the world’s dirtiest fuels: tar sands oil. Tar sands oil is more dangerous than conventional oil because of its high levels of carbon dioxide emissions. The Keystone XL pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels of dirty tar sands oil into the United States daily – doubling the current amount imported. The climate-damaging emissions are equal to adding more than 5.6 million new cars to U.S. roads.
Former Vice President and environmentalist Al Gore has publicly called for President Obama to veto the Keystone XL pipeline project. “I certainly hope that he will veto now that the Canadians have publicly concluded that it is not safe to take a pipeline across British Columbia to ports on the Pacific,” Gore told the Guardian in a recent interview. He goes on to say, “I really can’t imagine that our country would say; ‘Oh well, take it right over parts of the Ogallala aquifer,’ our largest and most important source of groundwater in the U.S. It’s really a losing proposition.”
Gore is speaking out against the project as a past political leader and climate change expert. His opinions are based in fact and must be respected and taken into account as President Obama makes his decision. Please sign this petition and support Al Gore’s statements against the Keystone XL pipeline project.
Dear Mr. Gore,
I’m writing to applaud the recent comments you made against the Keystone XL pipeline project. As an environmentalist and former political leader, your opinions are based on fact and should be respected and taken into account by President Obama. Thank you for speaking out against this controversial issue for the greater good of the surrounding ecosystems.
If constructed, the Keystone XL pipeline would import 830,000 barrels of dirty tar sands oil into the United States daily. This is double the amount that is currently being imported to the U.S. The pipeline would traverse six U.S. states and cross major rivers, including the Missouri River, Yellowstone and Red Rivers. As you pointed out in your comments, the Ogallala aquifer also lies in the pipeline’s pathway and stands to be damaged during production, and during a potential spill.
In your interview with the Guardian, you voiced your fears and concerns over President Obama’s choice to allow the Keystone XL pipeline: “I certainly hope that he will veto that now that the Canadians have publicly concluded that it is not safe to take a pipeline across British Columbia to ports of the Pacific.” You go on to say, “I really can’t imagine that our country would say: ‘Oh well, take it right over parts of the Ogallala aquifer’, our largest and most important source of groundwater in the U.S. It’s really a losing proposition.”
Thank you for speaking out against the Keystone XL pipeline. I encourage you to continue to voice your opinion on this subject and continue advocating for environmentally safe practices in the U.S.
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