This weekend, tens of thousands of people from all across the country will converge on Washington, D.C. for a Forward on Climate rally to urge President Obama to take urgent action to avert global climate catastrophe.
Foremost among their concerns? TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline, which, if approved, would funnel almost a million barrels a day of dirty, carbon-dense tar sands oil from Alberta to Texas. And the Pipeline would pass right through South Dakota, endangering our water and natural environment even as it served as a mainline for America’s oil addiction.
Meanwhile, the SD House of Representatives passed concurrent Resolution HCR 1006, “petitioning the President of the United States and the Department of State to authorize the Keystone XL Pipeline,” by a vote of 57-11.
Contact your representatives to let them know how disappointed you are in them for failing to protect landowners and South Dakota’s environment.
And while you’re at it, while you listen to the State of the Union tonight, you can take these easy steps to oppose Keystone XL:
- Sign this petition calling for President Obama to reject Keystone XL and the grave threat it poses to our state, our country, and our entire world.
- Personalize your message: send President Obama a handwritten letter urging him to reject Keystone XL.
- If you can make it to Omaha this Sunday 2/17, join in a solidarity rally there with the Forward on Climate rally in D.C. at 1:30 pm.
- Tweet #nokxl #climateforward or change your Twitter or Facebook profile picture in solidarity with rally-goers in D.C., or make your own sign for FB and Twitter: http://sign.350.org/
Will your changing your Facebook profile stop Keystone XL? Probably not. But a show of solidarity, however minor it may seem, can be important when you’re fighting an uphill battle – Norwegians wore paperclips on their lapels to demonstrate their solidarity against their Nazi occupiers during WWII, that they “hung together.”
Thank you for all you do. Look out for more information after the rally this weekend as things really start to heat up (though hopefully not in a climatic sense.)