BREAKING: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL
by Annie Leonard
February 24, 2015
In a bold move for the climate, President Obama has vetoed the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Wow — I have some big news. Moments ago, President Obama issued a presidential veto against Congress bill to force construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. In vetoing KXL, President Obama is showing that hes listened to the people, not the polluters. This is an incredible moment for all who participated — this is your moment. I hope you celebrate this news with me today.
But the fight is not over. Today dozens of movement leaders, economists, musicians, filmmakers (including a few recent Oscar winners), and many more released a Unity Letter ahead of the President’s final decision.
Weve joined with 350.org to make sure the President hears the peoples call for full rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. Add your voice today.
Just a few years ago, KXL was considered a done deal in Washington — but together we fought back. You made phone calls, sent emails and letters, and spoke up to friends and neighbors. Fossil fuel companies are throwing millions into maintaining their destructive status quo. But they didnt account for your perseverance, creativity, and courage. Youve rallied, youve marched, and now — in the final moments, in the final moments, you can take this through to the finish line!
The science is clear, the Keystone XL Pipeline would have a devastating effect on our climate and set the stage for increased fossil fuel dependence for years to come. And we know all too well that pipeline oil spills, like the recent 63,000-gallon spill near the Yellowstone River, has devastating effects to neighboring communities, drinking water, and our health.
The president’s outright rejection of the KXL permits would be the final nail in the coffin for Keystone. And with partisan bickering over the pipeline behind us, wed finally be able to focus on the real opportunity ahead: building Americas new, clean energy economy.
Please join me in asking President Obama to ensure his climate legacy by rejecting the Keystone XL proposal for good. This is a historic moment for the power of the peoples movement. Lets take this home!