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The Keystone Pipeline: Which Side Are You On?

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The 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, floods, all are now more frequent and more intense. We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science and act before it's too late.
  98 percent of climate scientists believe that mankind has caused global climate change, which is worsening.

 

The thousands that demonstrated on February 17th believe humanity can no longer afford to ignore the long-term consequences of energy decisions, such as whether or not to construct the Keystone XL pipeline.  In President Obama's words, " We can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science and act before it's too late."

 

A line has to be drawn somewhere.  A line that says we will no longer permit America's energy decisions to jeopardize future generations.  A line that says we have to curtail greenhouse emissions while we still have a chance to save the planet.   

President Obama should block construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. 

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