Keystone XL: Urge Congress to vote ‘No’

Editor’s note: To all environmental advocates and any one who can add, please send/sign this email petition/letter from Environment Illinois. Send it not only for the reasons Environment Illinois points out, but also consider the price of gasoline today. On average, a gallon of gas costs $1 less today than we were paying last year. Fuel efficiencies in cars, the switching away from fuel oil to other sources for heat, the price of natural gas and general conservation have dropped the demand for oil. This tar-sand oil is not necessary, and tar-sand oil is outrageously expensive, not only in the mentioned environmental detriments, but more obviously in the common sense of cost-per-gallon of extraction. The Keystone pipeline leaks special interests/congressional cowardice in the face or the reality of the common person’s real costs/benefits. Here’s the kicker, besides the big oil companies, “we, the people” will not benefit because most of this “sandy” oil will be exported. Tar-sand oil pollutes any fiduciary responsibility concerning the good ol’ concept of a profitable “Return On Investment.” Tell Congress now is the time to guard the public (and our private) purse. — Frank Schier, editor and publisher

URGENT: A vote to fast-track the Keystone XL pipeline could happen Thursday. Send a message right now urging your senators to vote NO.


A new Congress has taken power and they’re not wasting any time . . .

Mitch McConnell is making the Keystone XL pipeline the new Senate’s first order of business. The debate is already underway and the first vote could happen as soon as Thursday.

Will you help stop Keystone by urging your senators to vote NO?

Yes, I’ll send that message right now.

The oil lobby and its allies have spread a ton of misinformation about Keystone, so let’s clear up a few things:

  • Global warming is no hoax. Since 2000, we’ve experienced 13 of the 14 hottest years on record and this past year was the hottest.[1]
  • Keystone will turn up the heat. Building Keystone XL would accelerate global warming, adding 26 million metric tons of carbon pollution to our already overheated atmosphere per year.[2]
  • It’s the dirtiest oil on the planet. Keystone would add so much extra carbon to our atmosphere because tar sands oil is the dirtiest oil on the planet — a gallon of it produces 17% more carbon than a gallon of conventional oil.
  • Plus, it’s bad news for forests and our water. Oil drilling and mining in Canada’s tar sands is converting what was once pristine wildlife habitat into an apocalyptic landscape of mines, roads and waste pits so large they can be seen from space.[3] The 1,700-mile pipeline itself would cross 1,073 rivers, lakes and streams as well as one of the world’s largest and most important aquifers, the Ogallala, the irrigation source of America’s agricultural heartland.

All this is reason enough to oppose Keystone even if the project was a big job-creator. But it’s not. According to TransCanada — the same company that wants to build the pipeline — the project will create 35 permanent jobs.[4] Thirty-five!

We need to show the president that if he vetoes Keystone, it will stay vetoed. That means we need to win at least 34 votes in the Senate and that’s where you come in.

Please: Tell your senators to vote NO on Keystone XL.


Shelley Vinyard
Environment Illinois Regional Program Director

[1] 13 of 14 Hottest Years on Record All Occurred in 21st Century, The Weather Channel, March 24, 2014

[2] Why It Is Time to Reject the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline, Huffington Post, Jan. 5, 2015

[3] Dan Woynillowicz, Tar Sands Fever, Worldwatch Institute, October 2007

[4] Frances Beinecke, 5 Reasons Senate Must Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline, Eco Watch, Nov. 17, 2014

Posted Jan. 7, 2015

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