Clothesline in Winter

Clothesline in Winter

Friday, December 16, 2011

Caving in to Big Oil?

Word came in this afternoon that rumors are flying that President Obama was about to cave in to oil lobbyists, and approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.   He had earlier found the approval process to be rife with corruption.  He promised a fair and transparent analysis, using researchers not on the payroll of  the oil industry.  He said the analysis couldn’t be completed till 2013.

But as you know, Ohio Congressman John Boehner jammed a provision requiring immediate approval of KXL into the President’s payroll tax extension bill.  Initially, Obama promised to veto any such bill.  But we warned you: The oil industry -- many of them foreign-owned -- spends $42 million on congressional contributions per year.  Bribery is legal in America.  And common people like us don’t have $42 million to buy our government back.

But we’re doing what we can.  This afternoon, opponents of the Tar Sands Pipeline jammed the White House phone system with their calls.  But now, the phone room is closed for the weekend.

Still, you can email the President.  Please do so!  Simply tell him that our children are at stake. We must get serious about global CO2.  We must not exploit the dirtiest of all fuels.  We must not build the KXL Tar Sands Pipeline.

Sometimes, truth is stronger than money. By God's grace -- and your efforts -- maybe it will prove to be so now.

Click here to write the President.

Thank you, and may God bless you.

J. Elwood

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