¬†¬†¬†¬† 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