We will not give up the fight on Keystone XL

March 23, 2012 | 1:45 pm | , President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project

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In a speech in Oklahoma this week, President Obama strongly argued in favor of building the southern half of TransCanada’s proposed oil pipeline from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast. Earlier this year, we won a major victory when the administration agreed to postpone approval of the northern section of this pipeline. Now, it appears that with the President’s support, the southern section is likely to be built. But no matter where it’s located, the crucial point is that a new oil pipeline will just add to the carbon pollution that is already dangerously altering our climate.

We know that our most important task in this century is to reduce our dependence on dirty fossil fuels – and seize the opportunity to transition to clean, renewable energy. Yet most leaders around the world are still choosing policies that deepen our fossil fuel addiction. Rather than continuing our reliance on outdated, dangerously polluting forms of energy, it’s time for us to invest in the clean technologies available now.

That’s why we must continue to build and empower a vocal and demanding global climate movement. If you’re reading this, chances are you understand well the urgency. 2010 was the warmest year on record and in much of the U.S. and Canada, we may be in the middle of the warmest March since record-keeping began . People are seeing and feeling the impacts of the climate crisis literally in their own backyards and communities. It is therefore essential that we speak out because we cannot continue to double down on a fossil fuel addiction that exacerbates the climate crisis.

It is clear that our elected leaders will not act unless and until we demand action. We have to make our voices heard. We will continue to engage in the fight to stop this pipeline – and the much larger fight to end our dependence on fossil fuels and shift to cleaner, renewable sources of energy.