The Obama administration recently released its "environmental impact statement" on the Keystone XL pipeline -- moving this dirty and disastrous oil pipeline closer to approval.
The administration is now accepting comments on that study. Please let President Obama know that the environmental consequences of the pipeline are too costly -- it should be rejected.
Strip mining of oil from Alberta's tar sands, which will be transported by Keystone XL, is already destroying tens of thousands of acres of boreal forest and polluting hundreds of millions of gallons of water from the Athabasca River -- in the process creating toxic ponds so large they can be seen from space.
Extraction and refinement of tar-sands oil also produces two to three times more greenhouse gases per barrel than conventional oil. The process creates a massive new source of fossil fuels -- eliminating our ability to avoid a climate catastrophe.
Keystone XL would cross the heart of the Midwest and deliver oil from Canada's tar sands all the way to the Gulf of Mexico -- where much of it would be exported to other countries. Along the way the pipeline would cut through rivers, streams and prime wildlife habitat -- including habitat for at least 20 imperiled species like the whooping crane and pallid sturgeon.
Please tell the administration to reject Keystone XL and halt its progress for a second time.
March 10, 2013 Action Alert ID# 76
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