Call the White House: Tell President Obama to Oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline
At last count, 595 people have been arrested at the White House over the Keystone XL pipeline. And yet, we have still not heard from President Obama. Governor Dave Heineman has just sent a letter to the President and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging them to deny the permit for the proposed pipeline route through the Sandhills. And still, there is no word from President Obama. The President doesn't need Congress in order to take action. The decision to grant a permit lies entirely within his control. If he wants to show that he still cares about stopping climate change, he needs to stop this project.
In Governor Heineman’s letter to the White House, he stated, “Of the current proposed route, 254 miles of the pipeline would come through Nebraska and be situated directly over the Ogallala Aquifer. The aquifer provides water to farmers and ranchers of Nebraska to raise livestock and grow crops. Nebraska has 92,685 registered, active irrigation wells supplying water to over 8.5 million acres of harvested cropland and pasture. Forty-six percent of the total cropland harvested during 2007 was irrigated. Maintaining and protecting Nebraska’s water supply is very important to me and the residents of Nebraska. This resource is the lifeblood of Nebraska’s agriculture industry. Cash receipts from farm markets contribute over $17 billion to Nebraska’s economy annually. I am concerned that the proposed pipeline will potentially have detrimental effects on this valuable natural resource and Nebraska’s economy.”
President Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney, said Tuesday he hadn't talked to the president about the pipeline. This is a real slap in the face to President Obama’s supporters who are counting on him to live up to his pledge to reverse the growing threat of human-caused climate change. We need to make sure President Obama hears our voices. Take a minute to call the White House and tell the President to deny the permit to build this pipeline.