Goal: Continue challenging plans for Keystone pipeline
Target: President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama told the New York times that the Keystone XL project would not be the job creation stimulus that many had hoped for or expected. The proposed construction would expand an oil pipeline starting from Alberta, Canada that extends 1,179 miles to Steele City, Nebraska. According to a State Department report, only 50 permanent jobs would be needed once the pipeline is built. The report is based on figures provided by TransCanada, the major energy company that seeks to complete Keystone XL. Obama stated that 50 jobs would have “negligible impacts” on the economy and “is a blip relative to the need.”
The $7 billion pipeline expansion would carry dirty, carbon-intensive oil through six states and would generate carbon emissions that contribute to global warming. Farmlands and wildlife habitats risk exposure to devastating spills if the line were to rupture. Obama stated that he would not approve the proposal if it raises carbon pollution. Jane Kleeb, founder of the leading anti-Keystone organization BoldNebraska.org, stated that Obama “took out his pipeline-fight gloves” by publicly speaking against Keystone XL.
By signing the petition below, you will commend President Obama for openly questioning the proposed Keystone XL’s ability to create jobs and pressuring Canada to address environmental concerns. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse commended the President for showing “a healthy skepticism about the exaggerated economic arguments supporting [the project] … he’s obviously cutting through some of the clutter and nonsense.” Commend the President for challenging pro-Keystone groups head on and for demanding the mitigation of carbon pollution.
Dear President Obama,
The Keystone XL proposal has been hotly debated since 2008. While Republicans and business groups maintain that the pipeline will help our country by creating jobs, you publicly spoke directly against these claims. We appreciate your candor on the matter because the American public deserves to know how this massive undertaking could affect our lives. We should not be manipulated or misled by interest groups.
As heavy evidence shows, the pipeline has the potential to exact devastating environmental consequences. Therefore, we applaud your insistence that the U.S. and Canada mitigate carbon emissions and build better green capacity. We urge you to keep fighting for a greener U.S. and to push our legislators to pursue projects that will actually create jobs rather than one project that pretends to.
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