Center for Biological Diversity

Fight Legislation to Approve Keystone XL

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President Barack Obama rightly denied a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline in January, but Big Oil is not taking his decision lying down. To please oil interests, Senate Republicans are pushing legislation that would reverse the president's decision and grant immediate approval to the pipeline.

We need to tell the rest of the Senate to stand up to oil-industry pressure and oppose this dangerous legislation.

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.
 
This pipeline, or any other from tar sands, should simply not be built.
If you live in a state with Democrat or moderate-Republican senators, please ask them to oppose any legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

Then tell your friends on Twitter and Facebook to do the same.

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Strip mining of oil from Alberta's tar sands is also destroying tens of thousands of acres of boreal forest and polluting hundreds of millions of gallons of water from the Athabasca River, creating toxic ponds so large they can be seen from space. Extraction and refinement of tar-sands oil produces two to three times more greenhouse gases per gallon than conventional oil, and tar sands represent a massive new source of greenhouse gas that leading climate scientist Dr. James Hansen has called "game over" for our ability to avoid climate catastrophe.


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