Keystone XL Pipeline

February 7, 2012

ACTION ALERT

Call your Representative and Senators and tell them to oppose the North American Energy Access Act (H.R.3548) and bill S.2041 that would approve the Keystone XL Pipeline!

BACKGROUND

“You shall not pollute the land in which you live… you shall not defile the land in which you live, in which I also dwell.” Numbers 35:33-34

The Bible and Catholic Social Teaching call for us to show our respect and love for God by caring for all of Creation. Pope John Paul II similarly exhorted us to protect the environment, that through nature we may “contemplate the mystery of the greatness and love of God.”

With this responsibility in mind, it becomes clear that the Keystone XL Pipeline is an affront to the wellbeing of our planet and its inhabitants. The pipeline, which begins in the boreal forests of Alberta, Canada, extracts tar sands, known as some of the dirtiest fuels on the planet and already responsible for increased cancer and auto-immune disease rates among local populations. It then ships the sands across the border, cutting through 1,300 miles of privately owned land and 500 miles of farmland. Though it appears the pipeline will be re-routed away from Nebraska’s ecologically unique Sand Hills, it is projected to traverse the Ogallala Aquifer, which irrigates almost one-third of America’s crops and provides 82% of the drinking water of the over 2.3 million residents of the area. The end of the tar sands’ journey through the pipeline brings them to refineries in Houston and Port Arthur, TX that already fail Clean Air Act standards and are sure to be hit hard by the many harmful chemicals contained in tar sands oil.

It is not in keeping with our concern for the planet to allow the Keystone XL Pipeline to be realized. The Obama administration accordingly rejected the proposal to allow for the pipeline’s construction. Yet, newly introduced legislation (H.R.3548 and S.2041) is attempting to sidestep the Administration and force immediate approval of the Pipeline. As people of faith working to keep Creation healthy and safe, we must stand against these harmful pieces of legislation and strive for a sustainable planet.

ACTION REQUESTED

Let your voice be heard… CALL YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND SENATORS TODAY!

Making a call is easy and it only takes a few minutes! When the office receptionist answers the phone, follow the basic call script below. The receptionists’ job is to make sure messages from constituents are relayed to their boss, so make sure you give him/her your name and address so your call can be officially logged into their database.

To find congressional contact information, you can:

  • Call the Capitol switchboard at (202-224-3121) and ask for your representative/senator
  • If you aren’t sure who your members of Congress  are, go to the following:

Here are some tips to keep in mind when making the call:

  • Feel free to share why this issue is important to you.
  • Say thank you! Receptionists often have many duties, but saying thanks is a great way to let them know that the delivery of your message is important to you!

SAMPLE SCRIPT

I am calling to urge Representative ____________ to oppose H.R. 3548, the North American Energy Access Act. The projected pipeline offers little in the way of progress and prosperity for the American people and much in the way of environmental and public health hazards.

I am calling to urge Senator ____________ to oppose bill S.2041regarding construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The projected pipeline offers little in the way of progress and prosperity for the American people and much in the way of environmental and public health hazards.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Columban Center for Advocacy & Outreach

Michelle Melcher Knight

Telephone: 301.565.4547

mmknight@columban.org