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60 Days to Stop the Keystone Pipeline

 
 
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 The payroll tax cut extension bill contains language forcing the President to decide whether to stop, or approve, the Keystone Xl Pipeline in the next 60 days. Obama is expected to sign the bill shortly, and environmental advocates are hoping he will use the time restraint to deny the permit.  But this hope is based on promises, and Obama has not proven himself to be a man of his word. If allowed, the Pipeline would increase carbon emissions, contaminate our water, and degrade our health, among other concerns.  Just today, a  fuel pipeline in Colombia exploded, killing 11 people and injuring 70. Now is the time to put as much pressure on the President as possible. 

From the Credo petition:

President Obama promised us a thorough, transparent review of a new route after delaying the pipeline in November. And the hasty, accelerated timeline pushed by Republicans clearly won't allow this. As the State Department has said, 60 days isn't enough time to thoroughly evaluate the impacts and dangers of this project.

Republicans think they are trying to force a politically painful decision for the President. But instead, Republicans have served up our best opportunity to stop Keystone XL for good this time. Because the reality is, there's nothing politically painful about saying "NO" to a project that makes no sense.

This pipeline is a dangerous giveaway to a foreign oil company, that will pollute our land and water, will not produce a meaningful number of jobs, will not reduce our reliance on foreign oil one drop.

It was projects like this that President Obama inspired us to oppose when he said "Let's be the generation that finally frees America from the Tyranny of oil." He certainly did not say "let's be the generation that brings essentially game over to a liveable climate."

By delaying this pipeline, he was pushing this decision until after the election. Now he must face it.

This is the moment -- a 60 day window -- to inspire President Obama to be the President he told us he would be and make sure he does not approve this dirty pipeline.

Sign the petition here. 

AlterNet / By Kristen Gwynne

Posted at December 23, 2011, 6:10am