Dear MoveOn member,
The Keystone XL needs just one more permit to get the green light to flood the U.S. with more dirty tar sands oil—and we have a key opportunity to stop it!
The Nebraska Public Service Commission is asking for public input on whether to approve pipeline company TransCanada's proposed route through Nebraska's farmland, over the precious Oglala aquifer, and on land seized from native nations opposed to the project. Click here to tell the Nebraska Public Service Commission to reject the Keystone-XL route, and your signature will be delivered in person on Wednesday.
Stopping Keystone is critically important on its merits, and as a lynchpin in our commitment to protect the planet. The local effects of a possible tar sands spill are debilitating—tar sands is thicker and heavier than normal oil, so it sinks and is nearly impossible to clean up—and the current route runs right over one of the key sources of drinking water in the U.S.
On top of that, it would run roughshod over native and landowner rights, using land owned by both against their wishes. And then there's the climate cost, untapping one of the dirtiest sources of energy known to man and setting up decades of path-dependent investment in tar sands, just as we need to be doing everything in our power to get off fossil fuels.
We can have Keystone-XL, or we can have a livable climate; we probably can't have both. Tell the Nebraska Public Service Commission to reject TransCanada's permit to build the Keystone-XL pipeline.
Last year, it looked like we had won—after punting the decision for most of his term and relentless organizing from local groups, President Obama rejected the federal Keystone permit. But then came along Donald Trump, who wasted no time reversing this decision in his very first week in office.
The Nebraska Public Service Commission can still stop the pipeline in its tracks by rejecting the route that pipeline company TransCanada has proposed. Native Nations and local groups in Nebraska are planning a massive mobilization this weekend, ahead of the start of expert testimony next week, to oppose this permit. Let's join them in solidarity by adding our names to the public comment rolls to demand that the Nebraska PSC stand up for the people of Nebraska, the U.S., and the world.
Thanks for all you do.
—Justin, Robert, Anna, Elsie, and the rest of the team
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