Excerpt from Sierra Club E-mail:
Big Oil thinks it’s above the law, and the State Department doesn’t seem to care.
Enbridge — the foreign-owned pipeline company responsible for the largest oil spill ever on American soil — has engineered an elaborate illegal scheme to circumvent U.S. laws. If Enbridge gets its way, their Alberta Clipper pipeline would pump a similar amount of tar sands as Keystone XL through America’s Heartland — all without the legally-required permit and environmental review.
Despite this blatant disregard for the law, the State Department has indicated that it will look the other way and allow this scheme to move forward!
It’s up to President Obama to step in and stop Big Oil from ignoring the same laws that Keystone XL must follow. Will you take a moment to let the White House know that you care about this issue and want the president to do something about it?
Simply enter your phone number into the box that the Sierra Club provides on their site. You will receive a call, which will play a brief message and then connect you to the White House comment line.
- Go to the site and make the call to show that you care!If you’d like, you can use any of these talking points to help guide you:
I’m calling because I’m concerned that the State Department is allowing a Canadian oil company to illegally build and expand tar sands pipelines over the border without presidential permits or environmental reviews.
I want President Obama to make sure that the State Department follows the same rules for the Alberta Clipper and Line 3 tar sands pipelines that it required for Keystone XL.
These laws exist for a reason. They exist to make sure pipelines aren’t built or expanded unless they are proven to be in our national interest.
Enbridge is legally required to prove that its pipelines are in our national interest, and won’t put our water, our climate or our communities at risk. It knows that these pipelines are all risk and no reward — and so it’s trying to bypass the law altogether.
I care about stopping tar sands pipelines like these because ___________.
Please show your commitment to protecting our climate, our rivers, and our communities by stopping Big Oil’s illegal pipeline scheme.
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