Taking a stand against the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

I write to you all from a bus to Washington D.C. where I am eagerly headed to join hundreds of other citizens in protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline, an environmental catastrophe waiting to happen. Tomorrow when I journey to sit in at the White House with more than a hundred of my fellow activists, I will risk being arrested as a display of my commitment to holding President Obama accountable to breaking our country’s addiction to oil.

This strategic two week sit-in at the White House known as the Tar Sands Action is a collaborative effort by environmentalists, indigenous leaders, scientists, and concerned citizens, urging President Obama to oppose the permit to build a massive oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast known as the Keystone XL Pipeline. This pipeline will cut across our country and harvest crude oil from the Tar Sands in Alberta, a particularly environmentally-degrading method of oil extraction that emits twice as many greenhouse gasses and will open important land and aquifers to the danger of oil spills.

So far over 650 people have been arrested for this cause, with hundreds more, including myself, preparing to put ourselves on the line as a statement that our nation’s dependency on fossil fuels, causing the slow and steady destruction of our planet, has gone on long enough. I believe whole-heartedly in the power of large-scale non-violent civil disobedience in achieving environmental change, and with continued support and strength I am confident that we will make an impact on President Obama’s decision.

The president has the power and responsibility to veto this proposed pipeline and tomorrow I will proudly stand (or in reality, sit!) for the thousands in support of this veto and call upon President Obama to take action.

You are all very important people to me and I am excited to be able to share this experience with all of you through updates over the next two days. It is my hope that you will glean from them how important this issue is to so many different people and feel compelled to support this protest by taking action yourself – signing a petition, calling the White House, spreading the media coverage through your social media outlets, or all 3!

Thanks again for reading, caring, and acting – as always I would love to hear from you! Stay tuned for more updates.

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Join 10,000 others in signing a petition to President Obama

Call the White House: 202-456-1111 and tell President Obama to stand with us and oppose the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. (Then, report your call

Email/Facebook/Tweet away about the Tar Sands Action’s national media coverage

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