The proposed Keystone XL pipeline threatens our water, our land, and our future. If permitted and constructed, the pipeline would further fuel the devastating extraction of tar sands in Alberta, and funnel highly toxic tar sands oil across the U.S.
Big Oil has exploited the Canadian tar sands to great profit, but the environment and indigenous communities have paid a steep price.
The threat that pipeline spills pose to our land and water supplies is simply unacceptable.
Additionally, tar sands oil produces three times as much carbon pollution as conventional oil. We have a moral obligation to prevent the expansion of the tar sands and move towards a 100% clean energy future.
Please reject the Keystone XL permit and invest in real solutions to our climate and energy crisis.
Response to Petition
By Heather Zichal
Thank you for your petition regarding the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. Public engagement on this issue - no matter the viewpoint - is vital. President Obama believes "the final decision should be guided by an open, transparent process that is informed by the best available science and the voices of the American people."
On Thursday, November 10, the State Department – which, in accordance with Executive Order 13337 [PDF], is assessing the project on behalf of the Federal government – announced that as part of its ongoing review process, it will seek additional information about this proposal.
From the State Department's announcement:
After obtaining the additional information, the Department would determine, in consultation with the eight other agencies identified in the Executive Order, whether the proposed pipeline was in the national interest, considering all of the relevant issues together. Among the relevant issues that would be considered are environmental concerns (including climate change), energy security, economic impacts, and foreign policy.
Here is the full statement from President Obama on the State Department's Keystone XL Pipeline Announcement:
I support the State Department's announcement today regarding the need to seek additional information about the Keystone XL Pipeline proposal. Because this permit decision could affect the health and safety of the American people as well as the environment, and because a number of concerns have been raised through a public process, we should take the time to ensure that all questions are properly addressed and all the potential impacts are properly understood. The final decision should be guided by an open, transparent process that is informed by the best available science and the voices of the American people. At the same time, my administration will build on the unprecedented progress we've made towards strengthening our nation's energy security, from responsibly expanding domestic oil and gas production to nearly doubling the fuel efficiency of our cars and trucks, to continued progress in the development of a clean energy economy.
Heather Zichal is Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy & Climate Change