Friday, February 14, 2014
Stop the XL pipeline
The following is from Rep. Raul Grijalva of the progressive caucus.
This is one of the shortest, easiest requests you'll ever hear from anyone: Help me stop the Keystone XL pipeline before it's too late.
The State Department just released its final environmental impact statement for the pipeline, and the clock is ticking. There aren't many barriers left. If TransCanada and the oil industry get their way, the deal will be done in a matter of months. This is one of the most important decisions President Obama will make during his presidency, and we need to urge him to do the right thing.
Please co-sign my comment below to President Obama, telling him to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. I'll be sending it to the president soon, along with the names of everyone who signs on in agreement, so I hope you'll add your name.
Please reject the Keystone XL pipeline, based on its clearly documented environmental risks, the multiple corporate conflicts of interest it entails, and the flawed process the State Department used to support it.
This decision should be easy. The State Department inspector general is still writing a report on the multiple corporate conflicts of interest TransCanada failed to disclose to federal authorities, including work it had previously done with Environmental Resources Management, its handpicked contractor, which wrote the environmental impact statement for the State Department. The EIS should have waited at least until the inspector general's work is done. It's hard to evaluate a document whose credibility is still the subject of an audit.
I know you agree that corporate tycoons shouldn't make these decisions for the country, especially when they lie on their paperwork and aren't held accountable. Now we have to tell the White House how we feel. Please sign my petition today to stop Keystone XL and say no to blank checks for oil companies.
Unfortunately, some members of Congress -- including some in my own party -- are trying to pressure President Obama into approving Keystone XL in order to please dirty energy companies. With a decision on Keystone XL expected soon, it is critical that the president also hears from grassroots-backed progressive elected officials who know that Keystone XL is environmentally disastrous and should be rejected.
Will you join me and add your name to my petition to President Obama urging him to follow through on his promise to fight climate change and reject the Keystone XL pipeline?
Thank you for your support.
Rep. Raul Grijalva