President Barack Obama  denied a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline in January, but Big Oil is not taking his decision lying down. At the bidding of oil and gas interests,Republican senators are pushing legislation to reverse President Barack Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline and allow its immediate construction and operation.If built, the 1,700-mile pipeline would transport up to 35 million gallons of tar-sands oil — one of the dirtiest energy sources in the world — across six states from Canada to refineries in Texas and hundreds of water bodies, making any spill an unacceptable risk.  Once there, much of it would be exported to global markets.If built, the pipeline would transport dirty tar-sands oil across six states and hundreds of water bodies, making any spill an unacceptable risk. An existing pipeline called Keystone 1 has already leaked 14 times since it started operating in June 2010, including a 21,000-gallon spill. Another tar-sands pipeline dumped 800,000 gallons of tar-sands crude into the Kalamazoo River.The pipeline would not only increase U.S. fossil fuel dependence but also directly threaten at least 20 imperiled species, from the whooping crane to the pallid sturgeon. Its projected 100 spills would contaminate pristine wildlife habitat and freshwater supplies for millions of people.We need your help to keep the pressure on in Congress to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. If you live in a state with Democrat or moderate-Republican senators, please ask them to oppose this disastrous legislation.

Here’s Sample letter content:

Subject: Oppose Legislation to Approve Keystone XL

Dear Senator,

I am writing to ask you to oppose any legislation granting approval for the Keystone XL pipeline. President Barack Obama rightly rejected the pipeline, and his decision should stand.

Canada’s tar-sands development is one of the most destructive and dangerous activities on Earth. Extracting oil from Canada’s tar sands destroys boreal forest and wetlands where migratory birds nest; burning that oil will create massive new global warming pollution that will commit us to devastating climate damage.

The proposed pipeline would cross U.S. wildlife habitat, wetlands, rivers, and agricultural and drinking-water sources. An earlier Keystone pipeline has already leaked 14 times since 2010, and the Keystone XL is certain to spill as well. The risks of approving it are simply too great.

If this weren’t bad enough, the Keystone XL pipeline’s terminus is the Gulf of Mexico to allow for export of dirty tar-sands oil to the global market — meaning that the American public will bear all of the pipeline’s risks to line the pockets of big oil companies.

I urge you to reject any legislative effort to force approval of this terrible pipeline.


*Please consider sending a letter by March 6th


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