My name is Jim, and every morning I wake up to a very real threat.
It’s called Keystone XL and it’s the oil pipeline that TransCanada -- the massive Canadian conglomerate -- is lobbying hard to build through America's heartland.
TransCanada offered me $244,000 to let them build their pipeline through my family’s land in Polk County, Nebraska next to the Platte River and I declined. My children will never inherit that money, because like five generations before me, my children need to inherit this earth.
This week, the threat of Keystone XL became more real when Republicans moved to marry a vote on the Pipeline to the upcoming debt ceiling vote. They’re turning lawmaking into a hostage taking and using the people in the path, like me, as bargaining chips.
Please sign my petition asking Congress to take a clean vote on the debt ceiling -- and leave Keystone out of it.
This poisonous pipeline is not good for America. It benefits only TransCanada, its investors, and the companies that will use it to export oil to countries like China. It will put the backyard my grandchildren play in directly in the path of a dangerous experiment.
I value our beautiful land and the fresh, clean, bountiful water that flows beneath it. And that is exactly what I want my grandchildren to inherit from me.
I hope you’ll stand with me by signing my petition today asking Congress to keep Keystone XL off the bargaining table.