A little over a year ago, 12,000 people encircled the White House to protest the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. It was a crisp fall day in Washington, not unlike what's forecasted for this coming Sunday, when once again, thousands will converge on the nation's capital. We will be making the same demand—this time, of a newly elected president who finally broke a campaign-cycle's worth of climate silence on election night.
The Keystone XL pipeline, if constructed, would be a 1,700 mile long fuse to the largest carbon bomb on the planet, the Alberta tar sands, and after more than a year spent protesting it, we've come up with even more reasons to oppose it.
In the year since the State Dept began undergoing further study, nature has shown us just what a bad idea it was to begin with. We experienced the warmest year in U.S. history, a historic drought that continues to this day, and with Hurricane Sandy still fresh in our minds, there is absolutely no justification to continue approving projects that harm our climate.
The alternative is real and it is deeply necessary. The U.S. economy is still struggling, and many Americans are without work. That was the dominant theme of this election, and with good reason. The transition to a clean economy is a proven job-creator, and we need it now more than ever, as climate change becomes a deeply real threat.
On Sunday, we will once again confront our country's most powerful individual and tell our story: we need a different future, a better future, and we believe you can deliver. Say no to Keystone XL, once and for all.
Illustration by Corinna Loo