Help stop the Keystone XL pipeline through Canada and the U.S
A defining climate decision
The US government is about to make the defining climate decision of Obama’s presidency — whether to approve a monstrous pipeline that will transport up to 830,000 barrels a day of the world’s dirtiest oil from Canada across the US.
First proposed by Calgary-based TransCanada in 2008, the $7 billion, 875-mile pipeline would carry up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta’s tar sand reserves to a vast oil depot in Oklahoma, and eventually to refineries near Houston.
The ultimate decision lies with President Obama, who told an audience at Georgetown University in June that he wouldn’t approve the pipeline if it would “significantly exacerbate” the problem of carbon emissions.
Reports on the pipeline
Last month, the State Department released its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the pipeline. The report concluded the pipeline would not significantly exacerbate greenhouse gas emissions because Canadian tar sands would get to market regardless of whether the pipeline was built—a claim environmental activists immediately rejected, and they got to work rallying and lobbying against the pipeline. Retiring California Rep. Henry Waxman, one of the green movement’s fiercest advocates on Capitol Hill, added that “while still flawed, this environmental review recognizes that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline could have a significant effect on carbon pollution.”
The potential damage
If approved, the Keystone XL pipeline will help pump billions of dollars into the pockets of a few companies, but also millions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere. It’s been called “a fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the planet”. Tar sands oil is the dirtiest dirty fossil fuel ever cooked up – releasing 3-4 times the global warming pollution of normal petrol.
“Essentially, it’s game over for the planet.” – Dr James Hansen, former NASA scientist
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How you can help
Three years ago, this pipeline was a foregone conclusion. But then people-power swung into action — thousands were arrested at the largest act of civil disobedience in the US in decades, and Obama refused the initial proposal. By joining with Avaaz, we can make this happen again by collecting the most international comments EVER for a US government decision and give Secretary Kerry and President Obama the public cover they need to reject the Keystone carbon bomb.
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