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by Allyse Heartwell category: Cause
The Keystone XL pipeline would connect the tar sands in Alberta, Canada to oil refineries in Texas. It would stretch 1,700 miles and cross 6 states, threatening freshwater supplies in America's agricultural heartland and deepening our dependence on some of the dirtiest energy on the planet.
Last fall, Tar Sands Action asked you to show your opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, and thousands stepped up to the challenge. 12,000 people circled the White House, and over 1,200 people were arrested in the greatest act of civil disobedience seen in decades. Against the longest possible odds, we prevailed. This past January the Obama administration sent TransCanada back to the drawing board.
But the zombie pipeline still isn't dead, so now it's time to get back in the streets. This month, a coalition of civil society organizations will hold another rally at the White House—and this one won't be the last. With the election freshly behind him, President Obama needs to know that we're still here, and that we will still hold him to the promises he made way back in 2008. If he's serious about tackling climate change, the President needs to reject Keystone XL once and for all.
Keystone XL must be stopped. And we're not going away until it is.
I'm a campaigner at 350.org. Climate change is the greatest challenge the world has ever faced, and here in the US the Keystone XL pipeline is the single biggest battle in that larger fight.