In the same week that record June heat blanketed the country, a massive summer storm wreaked havoc from Indiana to Washington, and the biggest fire in Colorado's history continued to burn out of control -- President Obama doubled down in his support for the energy that is causing this deepening climate change spiral.
At the end of June, the Obama Administration approved the first portion of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, gave away 750 million tons of publicly owned coal to Peabody Energy for virtually nothing, and promised to lease more Arctic offshore areas for oil drilling.
Now, the Canada-to-Oklahoma portion of the Keystone XL pipeline - which would turn up the spigot on deadly, "game over for the climate" tar sands production - is back before the State Department after being rejected by President Obama earlier this year when Republicans tried to force his decision.
Without the pressures of the election, President Obama could very conceivably cave if he is the one making a decision in 2013. This public comment period is our opportunity to go on the record, before the election, with our fierce opposition. And to stop the administration from making another terrible decision.
Tell the Obama Administration: Reject the Keystone XL tar sands Pipeline
Today's weather is a scary prelude of things to come. And it's clear that our leaders can't take the heat.
Our leaders are simply not confronting the abundantly obvious, terrifying realities of escalating climate change. The present Congress is simply hopeless. And the Obama administration is mostly hapless. Many policies are only further dooming our future. We can't depend on our leaders. But we can take action.
We must make sure the State Department considers the full climate impacts of Keystone XL when determining if it's in our national interest. If they do that, there's no way they'll approve it.
Stopping Keystone XL won't reverse the spiral of our heating climate. But as one of the single largest projects to turn up the spigot on the dirtiest form of energy in the world, it will stop us from making the problem much worse for our future. And so we must stop it.
Tell the Obama Administration: Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline. Submit a comment now.
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