595 and counting.

31 Aug

Click here to call President Obama and tell him to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline

Dear friends,


The movement to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is breaking through and gaining momentum.


Here’s how we know that the tide is turning:

  • This week has seen the biggest days yet of the “Tar Sands Action” civil disobedience campaign in DC: over 140 people (including Dr. James Hansen of NASA and over 15 faith leaders) welcomed President Obama back from his vacation by sitting in front of the White House.  So far, over 595 people have been arrested in DC, and as I type this over 100 are sitting in today.
  • Keystone XL is getting a ton of media coverage: in the last few days the issue has been featured in front page articles on The New York Times and The Huffington Post, and great coverage from CNN, NBC, AP, Reuters, and more. (2)
  • Along with our partners, we’ve collected hundreds of thousands of signatures on a petition that we’ll be delivering on September 3rd. If you haven’t signed and shared it, please do so today.
  • Yesterday, a reporter asked Obama’s press secretary what the President thinks about the protests. The Press Secretary’s answer: “I haven’t talked to him about it.” It’s a good sign that the question was asked at all, but we’ll clearly need to get louder to really get through to President Obama.
Despite the unprecedented groundswell to stop Keystone XL, the Obama administration is still wavering on the pipeline–and honestly, the deck seems stacked to support it. Last Friday, the State Departmentreleased an Environmental lmpact Statement that declares the pipeline will have “no significant impacts” – yet it doesn’t mention climate change even once. (3) 

If we’re going to tip the balance on the Keystone XL pipeline, we’ll need to get louder. You’ve already added your signature, now add your voice by calling the White House. 

Can you make a call to the White House? Here’s the  phone number: 202-456-1111  

Click here for a sample script and some more tips for making a successful call.

Let’s make sure President Obama knows that there’s a massive movement opposing the Keystone XL pipeline. 



May Boeve – 350.org



350.org is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries. You can join 350.org on Facebook by becoming a fan of our page at facebook.com/350org and follow us on twitter by visiting twitter.com/350. To join our list (maybe a friend forwarded you this e-mail) visit www.350.org/signup. To support our work, donate securely online at 350.org/donate.

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