JPANet: Tell President Obama: "Reject the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline"

Last month 1,253 people were arrested in an act of civil disobedience in front of the White House- including UCC Massachusetts Conference Minister Jim Antal. They were protesting the construction of a pipeline carrying dirty sludge from Alberta, Canada to be refined on the Texas coast.

Why the uproar?

Mari Castellanos Tar Sands Arrest
Rev. Mari Castellanos is arrested in front of the White House as part of a mass demonstration against the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The pipeline would cross six states, several major rivers, the Ogallala aquifer, and the nation’s breadbasket – all potential sites for major disasters like the BP Gulf oil spill. Mining the tar sands requires leveling the boreal forest in western Canada, trampling the homes of native populations, using enormous amounts of water for processing, and the use of natural gas to heat the tar sands just to get the crude to flow.

Opposition to the project has been widespread. Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman (R) and Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns (R) have both said they don’t want the pipeline crossing their state because of its danger to agriculture and the natural environment. NASA scientist James Hansen, who was also arrested as part of this protest effort, says that mining the tar sands will have such a negative impact on climate change that “it is essentially game over" for the environment.

In the end this oil will be put on the world market, not the US market, so it won't further our “energy independence.” So who wants this pipeline? The oil companies do, and we know their record for precautionary safety.

As people of faith, we are called to take care of Creation now and for the generations after us. TransCanada, the foreign oil company proposing this project, needs the approval of the State Department and the President to build the pipeline. Tell President Obama to to reject this dirty and destructive pipeline in favor of clean energy.

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Call or write President Obama today and tell him to say no to the Keystone XL Pipline. Use the letter below or call using this phone number: 202-456-1111.

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