Dear Mark,The People have prevailed over Big Oil!

Today, the White House announced that it will NOT be approving the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline as most observers expected. Instead, the State Department will undertake a new and thorough review of the pipeline’s true environmental costs — exactly what you and I have been calling for all along.

What a huge victory for our environment, for people power and for hundreds of thousands of committed NRDC activists like you, who have carried this fight to the White House and beseeched the President — against all odds — to do the right thing.

You have been heard! Despite unimaginable pressure from the oil giants, President Obama has faced them down and sent a message loud and clear that the people’s health, safety and environment come first.

Please thank the President right away for his courageous decision.

Make no mistake: a no-holds-barred review of the Keystone XL pipeline will reveal that this entire scheme is a boon to Big Oil and a disaster-in-the-making for the rest of us. It would drive more destruction of the Boreal forest, turbo-charge global warming, threaten water supplies in the heartland, raise gas prices and lock America into the dirtiest oil on the planet for decades to come.

We look forward to working with the Obama Administration on a new and thorough review process — one that will, at long last, reveal the true costs of the Keystone XL and the clean energy alternatives that the American people so urgently want and deserve.

I hope you’ll take a moment to savor this inspiring victory — a stunning reversal that Washington pundits swore could never happen. But you never wavered in our just cause. And, in the end, We the People carried the day.

Do not let this day go by without expressing your gratitude to President Obama. It is absolutely imperative that the White House, the media … and, yes, the energy giants … feel an overwhelming surge of popular support for this historic decision.

And thank you for standing with NRDC every step of the way!


Frances Beinecke
Natural Resources Defense Council


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