Our efforts to stop the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline just got an important boost of momentum from Congress.
Senators Bernie Sanders, Ron Wyden and Sheldon Whitehouse yesterday joined Representative Steve Cohen and ten other members of the House in asking the State Department’s watchdog -- the inspector general -- to launch an investigation into possible “violations of federal law or improper conduct” in the department’s review of the Keystone XL project.1
This is big. But we need more environmental champions in Congress speaking out to hold the State Department accountable and to put more pressure on President Obama to intervene and make things right.
Senator John Kerry chairs the committee that oversees the State Department, yet he has refused to launch an investigation into evidence of wrongdoing. He gave Politico the excuse of a busy schedule to explain why he isn't doing more.2
Can you call Senator Kerry today and urge him to lead in investigating the oily influence scandal surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline? Click here for instructions and a sample script.
Senator Kerry said in 2009 that to delay in addressing climate change amounts to a "mutual suicide pact."3 According to top climate scientist Dr. James Hansen, the massive carbon emissions caused by heavily tapping Canada's tar sands oil could be “essentially game over” for the climate, and the Keystone XL pipeline would ignite this carbon bomb.
Busy or not, when we’re talking about a pipeline as dirty and dangerous to our climate and communities as Keystone XL -- and a review process as corrupted by conflicts of interest and big oil bias as the State Department’s -- intervention isn’t an option. It’s an urgent necessity.
Senator Kerry has a lot of power to throw a wrench in the process and make sure the public interest is served. He can call for investigations, demand the release of documents and even force their release through subpoenas.
Please call Senator Kerry today and urge him to lead.
Every action by members of Congress to call out the State Department for sweeping the Keystone XL pipeline’s dangers under the rug increases the odds that we win this fight.
There are more than 3,600 Friends of the Earth activists in Massachusetts -- more than enough to get Senator Kerry’s attention and force this issue onto his busy schedule.
Let’s start flooding the phone lines!
Dirty fuels campaigner, Friends of the Earth
1. Reuters. "Lawmakers ask Obama to delay Keystone decision." October 25, 2011.
2. Politico. "On Keystone XL Pipeline, Democrats slow to probe." October 25, 2011.
3. AFP. "Kerry: Climate change delay is 'suicide pact.'" March 11, 2009.