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Activists Urge President Obama to Reject Keystone XL Pipeline Following Environmental Review

By January 31, 2014 No Comments

Environmental Groups CREDO, Rainforest Action Network and The Other 98% React to Release of SEIS

Washington, DC — Following the release of the State Department’s final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) evaluating the impact of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, environmental organizations CREDO, Rainforest Action Network and The Other 98% reacted to the news:

“The American Petroleum Institute knew more in advance about today’s report from the State Department than members of Congress and that’s pretty much all you need to know about what it says,” said Elijah Zarlin, a former Obama campaign staffer and leader of CREDO’s campaign to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. “But the State Department can’t approve this pipeline — that’s up to the president who must determine whether Keystone XL is in the national interest of the United States. The decision to approve or reject the Keystone XL pipeline will be a defining moment for President Obama’s legacy. I’m joined by more than 76,000 people in pledging to participate in a massive wave of civil disobedience if the president’s administration sides with oil company lobbyists instead of the American people and recommends approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. If President Obama wants some of his most dedicated supporters to fight for his second term agenda before the midterm elections — instead of fighting his administration on this pipeline — he needs to reject Keystone XL.”

“If President Obama truly wants to look into the eyes of his grandchildren and say he did what he could to make a safer world, he needs to scrap this pipeline project,” said Amanda Starbuck, Program Director at Rainforest Action Network. “Anything short of an outright rejection of this pipeline will fail our climate and our communities, and ignite an historic launch of non-violent civil disobedience actions in hometowns across the country.”

“Americans have a right to know why a pro-Big Oil State Department report was leaked to Big Oil before Congress or the American people got to see it,” said John Sellers, Executive Director of The Other 98%. “During his last State of the Union address President Obama emphatically stated that ‘Climate Change is a fact.’ We therefore call on the president to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. We can’t stabilize the climate for future generations while building a giant pipeline to carry the dirtiest crude on Earth.”

More than 76,000 people have signed a Pledge of Resistance to risk arrest in peaceful, dignified civil disobedience if President Obama’s administration issues a draft National Interest Determination recommending approval of the pipeline. The Pledge of Resistance is being organized by CREDO, Rainforest Action Network and the Other 98%.

Read the pledge here: http://nokxl.org/wp-content/kxl_pledge.html

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