The Forward on Climate Rally in Washington, DC, today Feb. 17, has gathered 35,000 climate activists seeking to show President Obama just how massive the demand is for action on climate change. Specifically they seek to draw attention to curbing climate changing pollution and stopping the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
Rally organizers hope even more people will be fired up to send a letter to President Obama. The following standardized message can be sent from 350.org.
We agree with what the President said in his inaugural address last month: 'We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.' Keystone XL is the first and clearest test of his commitment to those words
According to 350.og tar sand will not reduce dependence on foreign Oil
“Keystone XL will not lessen U.S. dependence on foreign oil, but transport Canadian oil to American refineries for export to overseas markets."
Keystone XL is an export pipeline. According to presentations to investors, Gulf Coast refiners plan to refine the cheap Canadian crude supplied by the pipeline into diesel and other products for export to Europe and Latin America. Proceeds from these exports are earned tax-free. Much of the fuel refined from the pipeline's heavy crude oil will never reach U.S. drivers' tanks.”
Learn more about Keystone XL with these PDF Fact Sheets: