Center for Biological Diversity

Tell President Obama "Keep Your Promise: Reject Keystone XL"

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Take action below to urge President Obama to keep his promise and reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

Because of a congressional rider attached to must-pass legislation that extended payroll tax cuts and job benefits, President Obama must now decide whether the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest and, if so, issue a permit by Feb. 21.

Mr. Obama has plainly said that if forced to make a rushed decision, he would have no other choice but to reject the pipeline; it's time for the president to keep his word.

If permitted, the 1,700-mile pipeline would transport almost 35 million gallons of tar-sands oil a day from Alberta to refineries in Texas. An already operational Keystone tar-sands pipeline has spilled 14 times since 2010; Keystone XL will also spill, polluting our land, air and water. The pipeline will further fuel greater development of tar-sands oil extraction with disastrous consequences for the environment. (Read more about tar-sands oil production at the bottom of the page.)

Tell President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline and oppose further tar-sands production. Then tell all your friends on Twitter and Facebook to do the same.

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More information on tar-sands oil: Strip mining of oil from Alberta's tar sands has already destroyed tens of thousands of acres of boreal forest and polluted hundreds of millions of gallons of water from the Athabasca River, creating toxic ponds so large they can be seen from space. Processing and refinement of tar-sands oil produces two to three times more greenhouse gases per gallon than conventional oil and represents a massive new source of fossil fuels, a development leading climate scientist Dr. James Hansen has called "game over" for our ability to avoid climate catastrophe.

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Please take action by February 21, 2012.

Photo of tar-sands pipeline (c) MacWilliams Kircher Sanders & Partners.

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