Lisa Jackson and the EPA are our best hope of strong opposition to Keystone XL from within the administration.It’s clear by now that there’s simply no hope of the State Department issuing a legitimate evaluation of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Sometime in the next week, the EPA will issue its review of the State Department’s Final Environmental Impact Report.
Strong opposition from his own EPA will be essential if we’re going to convince President Obama to reject this horrible pipeline.
The EPA has already roundly criticized the first two drafts of the State Department’s environmental impact report, in April, and again in June.
But of course, it’s not really even the State Department’s review. A major New York Times article last week exposed the massive conflict of interest that we’ve been telling you about for weeks: that the environmental review, and local hearing process, were actually conducted by Cardno Entrix, a contracting company with major business ties to pipeline developer TransCanada.
The corrupt, biased process has glossed over the significant threats from this pipeline to American lands and waters, and the broader threat of major escalation of global warming pollution by rapidly developing and burning tar sands oil.
We’re depending on the EPA to make those threats clear.
Tell EPA chief Lisa Jackson: Reject the State Department’s sham review of Keystone XL. Click here to automatically sign the petition.
As evidence of conflict of interest and improper relationships has grown, everyone is trying to avoid taking responsibility for this decision. President Obama has said he delegated it to the State Department. Secretary of State Clinton is sending signals she may delegate the decision to a deputy to avoid taking responsibility for it herself.
Any way you slice it, the decision is really in the President’s hands. However, if the State Department does approve the project, the EPA literally has the power to force a final decision by President Obama, by formally opposing the approval.
The EPA is our best chance to be the voice of sanity in the administration, and urge the president to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Send a message to Lisa Jackson now, before she issues her environmental review of the State Department sham in the coming week.
Tell EPA chief Lisa Jackson: We’re depending on you to strongly oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline! Click here to automatically sign the petition.
Thank you for fighting the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets