Even industry insiders and Wall Street banks agree that the Keystone XL is the linchpin of Big Oil's plan to triple tar sands production over the next 20 years. That rapid expansion will drive 250 percent more global warming pollution than it did just three years ago!
Canada's tar sands contain a carbon reservoir equivalent to all the carbon burned in human history. If the Obama Administration approves the Keystone XL, it will light the fuse on that carbon bomb and trigger still more climate upheaval, leaving none of us unscathed.
Yet, the State Department is still whitewashing the true dangers of tar sands. Its latest environmental review parrots Big Oil's bankrupt assertion that the Keystone XL will not drive tar sands expansion or increase global warming.
That is a giant red flag because the State Department is charged with deciding whether or not the pipeline is in our national interest.
I can't tell you if President Obama will go along with the State Department's charade -- or if he will have the courage to slam shut the floodgates on a river of climate-destroying, tar sands crude.
But I can tell you this: Both the State Department and the White House will be under ferocious pressure this summer from Big Oil and its climate-denying friends on Capitol Hill.
That means it's up to you and me to hold the President to his promise on climate ... and we must do so swiftly, loudly and relentlessly.
Please join me in sending a message to President Obama. Tell him to keep his word and reject this destructive pipeline once and for all.
Thank you for standing with me and NRDC in strong opposition to the Keystone XL.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. NRDC Senior Attorney
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