Public Hearings in Texas – Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

PhotobucketRight now, President Obama must decide whether to grant or deny a Presidential permit to foreign oil giant TransCanada for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

If the tar sands pipeline is approved, NASA scientist James Hansen says it will be “game over” for the Earth’s climate. Heavy tar sands oil creates three times more carbon pollution than regular Texas crude. The Keystone XL pipeline would allow the Canadian tar sands industry to expand dramatically, and the resulting pollution would nullify our existing conservation efforts worldwide.

But there’s good news. We can still stop this mistake before it’s too late!

The U.S. State Department is hosting Keystone XL public hearings across the country, and there are two hearings scheduled in Texas. This is our best chance to communicate directly with the Obama Administration and make our voices heard to stop the pipeline, so please spread the word:

PORT ARTHUR
Monday, September 26th
4:30pm – 10pm
Bob Bowers Civic Center
3401 Cultural Center Drive
Port Arthur, TX, 77642
Click here to RSVP

AUSTIN
Wednesday, September 28th
12pm – 8pm
University of Texas
Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium
2313 Red River Street
Austin, TX, 78705
Click here to RSVP

The tar sands pipeline would not only pollute our air but also endanger our Texas water supply. A new report released this week shows that the State Department has ignored the record Texas drought and the effects an oil spill could have on the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer. Help preserve our limited water supplies for drinking and fire protection, not for foreign oil pipelines.

It’s not “game over” yet. We can still save our planet. But it’s critical that you attend one of these public hearings and tell President Obama to stand strong against the big oil lobbyists and to instead embrace a clean energy future.

(cross-posted on Burnt Orange Report)

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