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Americans Urge Leaders: STOP the Keystone XL Pipeline

Americans from all walks of life have taken a stand against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which would carry the world's dirtiest oil through six heartland states from Montana to Texas--putting communities and wildlife at risk of toxic oil spills and driving a massive expansion of dangerous tar sands operations in Canada.

Americans Urge Leaders: STOP the Keystone XL Pipeline

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February 2012: The Canadian government plans to kill thousands of wolves to "rescue" caribou impacted by loss of habitat from tar sands development. Take action to save wildlife from dirty oil:

Thousands on Facebook shared this image with their friends, urging President Obama to protect wildlife against Big Oil.

February 2012: In just 24 hours, over 800,000 people petition Congress to oppose the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

The pipeline route goes through the heart of the Ogallala aquifer, which is one of the nation’s – and world’s - largest freshwater aquifers. The aquifer provides drinking water to millions of Americans and irrigation water to America’s bread basket.

July 2010: An estimated 840,000 gallons of raw tar sands crude oil burst from a pipeline into a creek that feeds Michigan's Kalamazoo River.

Nurses Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline, Cite Adverse Effects of Increased Air Pollution, Climate Change | National Nurses United

The BP oil spill in the Gulf demonstrated just how dramatic the risks of oil production can be -- causing tens of billions of dollars in economic damage, and up to $670 billion in ecological and other damage.

In its first year, the original Keystone pipeline spilled 12 times.

November 2011: 10,000 people encircle the White House to send a peaceful and lawful message urging the President to reject Keystone XL.

February 2012: Eddy Radillo was among dozens of Texans who rallied outside the Lamar County Courthouse in Paris, Texas, against plans to condemn land for an easement for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Woodland caribou are on the verge of dying out in Alberta, where tar sands development adversely affects the herds.

Alberta Sustainable Resource Development says 145 black bears were killed by Fish and Wildlife conservation officers last year after being habituated to garbage in the tar sands region.

145 Black Bears Killed In Oil Sands

The Keystone XL pipeline would put the whooping crane and as many as 10 other endangered species at great and unnecessary peril.

August 2011: James Hansen, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, was arrested, along with hundreds of other protesters outside the White House, during a demonstration against TransCanada Corp.’s $7 billion pipeline.

October 2011: Allaura Luebbe, right, and Jane Kleeb speak against the Keystone XL pipeline during a State Department public hearing on the pipeline in Washington.

7. The threat from climate change is serious, it is urgent, and it is growing. -Barack Obama - By avoiding any consideration of climate safety, the State Department report is blindingly clear on one point, if only by implication: the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is not compatible with a climate safe world.

Fourth-generation Nebraska rancher Ben Gotschall speaks against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

"Tar Sands Students", a group of high school students who oppose construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Tar Sands Action » High School Students Take Keystone XL Opposition Directly to the State Department

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TransCanada’s wildly inflated jobs claims numbers draw complaints and an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

December 2011: Activists storm House Speaker John Boehner’s West Chester, Ohio office this morning with a “human oil spill” in response to a vote to force through Keystone XL. The fossil fuel industry has poured an estimated $42,000,000 into campaign coffers of the 234 House members voting in favor, including $1,100,000 to Rep. Boehner alone, according to The industry lists the pipeline as a top priority.

September 2011: Almost 1,000 Nebraskans showed up to a U.S. State Department held a hearing in Lincoln, NE on whether it was in the United States’ best interest to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.