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Last week Canadian Prime Minister Harper reportedly offered to make a deal with President Obama to get approval from the President for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. (Wait for it…)

Apparently, Harper offered unspecified "joint action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the oil and gas sector" in exchange for a pipeline that will carry and emit the equivalent of 37 million cars worth of carbon pollution each year. Uh huh.

It’s a ridiculous proposal that fails the laugh test and smells as desperate as it probably is.(1)

With that offer on the table, it’s now time, once again, to remind the President that we won’t accept anything but "NO" on Keystone XL.

The simple truth is that Harper’s deal is a scam that our climate can’t afford. We know that Harper is in bed with Canada’s oil industry and will do whatever he can to push for the expansion of the tar sands. Canada has already promised multiple times to reduce its emissions, and because of the oil industry, they’ve broken every one of those promises. And as our recent report showed, an expansion of the tar sands facilitated by the Keystone XL pipeline would be a total disaster for our climate.(2)

That’s why on September 21st we’re joining thousands across the country to "Draw the Line" on Keystone XL and dirty tar sands. People will be coming together in their towns and communities to make sure our voices are heard over the corrupting influence of corporate money and we would love to have you to join us.

You can RSVP to a nearby event by clicking here.

Keystone XL is raw deal for the American people and a great deal for the tar sands producers hoping to ship their dirty oil around the world. That’s why they’ve poured millions into our elected leader’s pockets over the past year, hoping that their dirty money would drown out the mounting pressure to reject KXL. But we wont let them get away with it, which is why we’re teaming up with many of our allies to draw the line and make sure Big Oil doesn’t buy this approval.

There are already hundreds of events registered and joining one is easy. You can find a nearby action and help us draw the line via the link above.

Just a few years ago the Keystone pipeline was thought to be a done deal. Our leaders in Washington, flooded with industry money, were going to let this dangerous pipeline devastate our communities. That is, until we stopped them.

If President Obama believes in climate change, there’s no way he can approve the Keystone XL pipeline in good faith. He needs to reject the pipeline and keep the tar sands in the ground…and we need to tell him so.

On Saturday the 21st, with your help, we’ll keep the pressure on and make sure this pipeline is never approved.

References:

  1. Read our response to PM Harper’s letter here
  2. Check out our report on Keystone XL and the climate here (PDF)

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