Call to action on Keystone XL pipeline

Sandra and I are writing this letter on a bus returning from Washington, D.C. We attended a rally named Forward on Climate, originally projected to attract fewer than 10,000 people. Attendance mushroomed to somewhere between 35- and 50,000 in the weeks before the event and included people of all ages and backgrounds. One of the primary goals of the rally was to support President Obama’s stated desire to move to a clean energy economy and to encourage him to find alternatives to the Keystone XL pipeline. Sandra and I are amazed by how many in our community support a project of a foreign corporation that seizes property rights from U.S. land owners to pump tar sands oil over our aquifers for refining by an international company with a history of emissions violations, for sale in the international market. If you are not aware of the KXL project and its consequences for our future, please become informed, learn the facts from reliable sources and take action to help protect our future.

Dave Davis
Oregon, Ill.

From the Feb. 27-March 5, 2013, issue

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