As you've probably heard, the State Department released its final report on the Keystone XL Pipeline on Friday evening, saying the environmental impact would be acceptable. The fact that they chose Superbowl Sunday weekend to release the report was a cowardly move, but won't work to stop protest. On Monday, Feb 3, people all over the country will take part in vigils to protest the Keystone Pipeline. In Sacramento, Credo has organized a vigil at 5:45 pm that will start at the Moss Building at 650 Capitol Mall and march to the Federal Building at 501 I Street. We hope you will join this action.
When you're in a hole, first thing to do is stop digging. We're in a hole with climate change and we need to stop putting carbon into the atmosphere. Even though this Environmental Impact Statement was written by a contractor handpicked by the oil industry, they still had to admit that "the total direct and indirect emissions associated with the proposed Project would contribute to cumulative global GHG emissions. It will release enough carbon that former climate scientist James Hansen called it "game over for the climate."
It's President Obama's sole decision. The State Department's report kicks off a 90-day National Interest Determination, at which time other agencies can weigh in and Secretary of State Kerry, who will make a recommendation to the president, can step up and show real climate leadership. Our job is to put pressure on the President to make the right decision.
Let President Obama know that the Keystone Pipeline is not in our national interest. Besides driving climate change, the pipeline would pump a river of corrosive toxic tar sands oil from Canada right through the American heartland, endangering water supplies, threatening farms and homes, and creating a grand total of a few dozen permanent jobs--while most of the oil will be exported.
See you Monday at 5:45 pm at 650 Capitol Mall. Bring candles and signs if you can.