Make Two Phone Calls to Stop the Tar Sands Pipeline

     Big Oil and its Republican friends in Congress are determined to win approval for the Keystone XL pipeline, a 2,147 mile channel to transport extremely dirty tar sands oil from Canada to Texas.

     Despite the President’s recent announcement that he would delay his decision on the project for another 12-18 months, in order to fully assess its environmental impact,  Republicans are trying to force his hand.  On December 13, House Republicans included in a bill to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits language that would force the President to make his Keystone decision within 60 days. 

     Very soon, the measure will be voted on by the Senate.  The good news is that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has told Republicans he will halt negotiations on another important year-end spending bill unless Republicans drop their insistence on premature action on Keystone.  And President Obama has said that if a measure forcing him to decide on Keystone reaches his desk, he will veto it.

     Even so, we must make sure our Senators know that we citizens strongly reject this carbon-spewing, water-contaminating project.  You can be sure that Senators are all hearing from the big oil companies involved in the project.  As the wealthiest industry on the planet, Big Oil can–and does–spend vast sums of money to ’get the attention’ of our Members of Congress.

     So please pick up the phone and make two calls, one to each of your U.S. Senators.  You can leave a message on the Senate office constituent voice mail.  Or you can ask to speak to the aide who handles energy matters.  I suggest the latter, even if it means leaving a message on the aide’s machine.  I don’t have the feeling that the constituent message line carries much clout.  You can get your Senators’ names and phone numbers by clicking  http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm  Or you can call the U.S. Congress Switchboard at 202-224-3121, and ask to be connected to your Senator’s office.

     Please call today  (Wednesday) or tomorrow (Thursday).  The Senate may be voting very soon. 

     For more information on the harm that would come from proceeding with the Keystone XL pipeline, click here:  http://www.tarsandsaction.org/spread-the-word/key-facts-keystone-xl/  –April Moore

3 Responses to “Make Two Phone Calls to Stop the Tar Sands Pipeline”

  1. Katharine Layton Says:

    Thank you April! I have phoned and emailed my 2 State Senators. I have just received Senator Webb’s reply. In it he gives a short historical summary and ends with, “While final determination of this project rests with the Executive Branch, please be assured that your thoughts are very helpful to me in exercising proper Congressional oversight.” I encourage everyone to phone and email their Senators and be sure to request a response to your comment/inquiry. Each communication is recorded and will greatly influence the outcome. Remember, Big Business may have the money, but we have the votes.

  2. Joan Kelly Says:

    Thanks, April. This thing is truly a disaster looking for a place to happen.

    We should all also call the Whitehouse or go to http://www.whitehouse.gov and leave messages to Obama.

  3. Marvin Monterrosa Says:

    Amazing website, I really enjoyed your entry.

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