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Published on July 19th, 2013 | by Guest Contributor


Stop The Keystone XL (Petition)

July 19th, 2013 by  

By Tom Steyer

Battle lines are being drawn. Foreign oil company TransCanada is spending millions of dollars trying to convince US policy makers that their Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is a good idea for this country and for our people. I disagree.

Just over three weeks ago, I launched a digital campaign to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline and work to fight for forward looking climate change policies.

Since then, almost 300,000 Americans from across the country have joined in the effort. Our Facebook community is already 120,000 strong and growing. We’ve joined with Mayflower, Arkansas resident Genieve Long to launch a petition that has already gathered more than 150,000 signatures from Americans demanding that Keystone XL be stopped for good. We are also just one of a number of large organizations including Sierra Club, NRDC,, Environment America, National Wildlife Federation, League of Conservation Voters, and others who are working hard to stop the pipeline from being built on our land.

Many, like me, are supporters of President Obama. We believed when we elected him twice that he is a leader who would make policy decisions based on facts and not special interests.

The fact is, building the Keystone XL pipeline is bad policy for several reasons. Here are just two of those reasons.

For one, the Keystone XL will increase gas prices.

Here’s why:

  • The true goal of multinational oil companies and Canadian politicians backing the pipeline is to reach export outlets outside the US for tar sands oil and refined fuels, which would drive up the oil’s price.
  • Drivers, especially in the Midwest, would pay 20 cents to 40 cents more at the pump if the disputed pipeline were built, as the current discount of up to $30 a barrel for Canadian oil disappears.

Secondly, if it gets built, the Keystone XL pipeline will leak. We need only to look at the recent tar sands oil spill in Mayflower to illustrate the dangerously serious consequences of building a tar sands oil pipeline through America’s heartland and see what that would mean for other small towns in the pipeline’s path.

We cannot sit back and let that scenario come true. Please join me and thousands of other Americans committed to sound, forward-looking environmental policies. Together, with President Obama on our side, we can stop Keystone XL once and for all.

Join us on Facebook and Twitter. Sign our petition at – let President Obama know that our future is at stake.

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  • Not Again

    In 1976 the experts told us the next ice age was coming. Now we are going to melt.
    The earths temp has not risen in the last ten years. The Sun controls our weather.

  • Matt

    The pipeline is being “sold” to the American public a good for America. The risk is “very small” and the rewards great. That is while it is ok to run it thru private property when the owner doesn’t want it there. This is a lie and why the impact on gas prices is included above.
    And no matter who owns TransCanada, it has a bad record of spills. Which is why Canadians are fight the other routes they have/are trying.

  • sambar

    Please stop with the nasty Canadian foreigner talk. A company based in Canada is dealing with several companies based in the U.S. to make a lot of money.
    A large part of Transcanada’s stock is owned by Americans and four of the board members are American. A great many Canadians are against this too.

  • Steeple

    Interesting environmental argument worrying about the increasing cost of gasoline. Most environmentalists think that’s a good thing. Which one is it?

    • Dan Hue

      It’s the same issue with NG (in the US). Right now, it’s captive of the domestic market. Export it and the price goes up. Is that good or bad from environmental perspective? On the one hand, fracking becomes more profitable (it’s not at the moment). On the other hand, wind and solar become (even) more competitive. Not sure what the net effect is in the long run.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Rising oil prices are bad for the economy. Good for the adoption of EVs, PHEVs, and hybrids.

      Rasmussen polls are not trustworthy.

      • Steeple

        Bob, feel free to back up that claim. Rasmussen wouldn’t have a business unless they delivered credible product.

        • Bob_Wallace

          Oh, for the FSM’s sake. You mean you aren’t aware how Rasmussen produces very favorable results for Republican candidates until it gets close to the election and then they gradually slide back into the mainstream?

          You need to get away from Fox once in a while.

          • Steeple

            So you’re saying 58 to 26 may be more like 55 to 29? It’s not even close.

          • Bob_Wallace

            No, I’m saying Rasmussen is an untrustworthy pollster.

            Fox is an unreliable news source.

            Forbes and The Wall Street Journal put political spin ahead of facts.

            Is that clear enough?

    • Personally, I’d love to see gas prices go up. It will get people out of their cars, which we sorely need. But I know that I also don’t want the Keystone XL built. I’m set on preferring the XL not be built.

      But for a common American, who “cares” about the climate but doesn’t *really* get it, what they care about is gas prices. I think including that bit for the common American is an important thing to do.

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