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Climate Change: Time to act is now!

Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on February 13, 2013

 

From record-setting hurricanes, droughts, floods and snows, the message is coming in loud and clear: It’s time to act on climate change.

President Obama’s State of the Union address offers us an opening.  He called for strong new steps, including

• Using oil and gas revenues to fund new research and technology that shifts our cars and trucks off of oil.
• Cutting in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next twenty years.
• Executive action  (if Congress won’t act) to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our communities for climate change consequences, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.

Sounds good, right?

Unfortunately, we won’t reduce carbon pollution or transition to sustainable clean energy if we continue to extract and burn fossil fuels.

That’s why we ask you to stand with us on February 17 to urge President Obama to protect the climate concretely:  Stop the Keystone XL pipeline before it gets built.

PSR is helping 350.org, Sierra Club and others build the biggest climate demonstration yet. Join us!

The president needs strong public support if he’s going to buck Big Oil and stop the climate-killing Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.  Here are five compelling reasons why he should:


1. The EPA estimates that the XL pipeline would contribute 27 million metric tons of CO2 annually.  That’s as much global warming pollution as adding 4.8 million vehicles to the road!

2. Tar sands extraction is devouring the boreal forest of Canada, a vital carbon reservoir. Boreal forests absorb nearly three times as much carbon as temperate forests.

3. Tar sands oil threatens our aquifers.  It is heavily corrosive, thus more likely to have pipeline failures than conventional crude as it is transported to ports for refining.

4. Refining this heavy, dirty oil will take place in Environmental Justice communities that already bear a disproportionate pollution burden from petroleum refining.

5. The majority of the oil is slated for export.  The U.S. will be shouldering the risks for someone else’s fuel.

Stop the pipeline – and help save the climate – while we can.  Join us on Presidents’ Day. 

If you don’t live close to Washington, DC, check out the solidarity rallies across the country,including events in California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, Oregon, Texas and Washington State.

Together, let’s make 2013 the year for meaningful climate action!

 

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