On Valentine's Day, President Obama and the Senate, received the delivery of over 800,000 signed letters from Americans who oppose the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline. A 24 hour campaign led by National Resource Defence Council and 350.org to reaffirm the American public's opposition to the Tar Sands pipeline blew past the campaign's goal of 500,000 signed letters.
President Obama vetoed the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline last month and Republicans immediately began a campaign to force construction of the pipeline by any means necessary. With no limits on spending by industry action and corporate lobbyists in Washington D.C., it was clear industry is behind Republicans to force the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline onto American soil. Not wanting to let Big Oil take over decision making in Washington D.C., groups came together to continue raising awareness of dangers a Tar Sands bitumen pipeline poses. Over 800,00 signed letters delivered to President Obama and the Senate, is a clear message that Americans are not interested in such a high risk industry plan as the Keystone XL pipeline.
Using pipelines to move tar sands bitumen sludge to refineries in Southern U.S. has a lot of people concerned. It is clear that any pipeline will have oil spills. With over 800,000 signed protest letters in a 24 hour period , President Obama has the support to block the pipeline.
View January 18, 2012 NRDC Switchboard article
View February 14, 2012 NRDC Switchboard article
View February 14, 2012 Huffington Post article
View February 14, 2012 350.org article
View February 15, 2012 Huffington Post article
View February 18, 2012 The Globe and Mail article