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    Co-sign the Unity Letter to President Obama: Reject Keystone XL

    Last week, President Obama vetoed Republicans bill forcing approval of the “game over for the climate” Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

    As they sent him the bill, we sent the president something else: A new letter calling on him to officially reject Keystone XL as part of the State Department's decision process – the much bigger decision, which he'll be making soon. (Full text below.) More than 140 artists, Tribal Nations, landowners, and climate leaders have signed.

    Co-sign the #NoKXL Unity Letter to President Obama now.

    President Obama says climate change is a significant threat to Americans. And his EPA says that Keystone XL will significantly increase the pollution causing climate change. This should be easy. But still, he has avoided this decision for years.

    President Obama can’t be a serious climate leader if he approves Keystone XL. It’s time for a decision. And it’s time for a rejection.

    Unfortunately, since Republican's took control of the Senate in November, the president's decision doesn't end this fight. No matter what happens, we have to be prepared to stand up to and highlight the Republican obsession with Keystone XL.

    But President Obama rejecting Keystone XL would be a huge victory for activists. It's time for the president to show his commitment. Please co-sign the letter, which is below.

    NoKXL Unity Letter Text:

    Dear Mr. President,

    The long and worthy fight over the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is at an end, and the time for a decision draws near. We appreciate your pending veto of the congressional bill, and we fully support an outright rejection of the permit. We have followed the question of Keystone XL's impact for many years, and those years have clarified a few key points.

    First, most of those who care about this project oppose it, and with an intensity matched by few issues in recent time. Beginning with Tribal Nations and with farmers and ranchers, the opposition spread over time to climate scientists, college students, moms, financial experts, many trade unionists, renewable energy proponents, nurses, artists and an ever-growing swath of the general population. A historic number of them were arrested for this cause; millions wrote public comments, or emailed their elected officials; everyone engaged in public dialogue in precisely the fashion you have asked. Everyday people have stood up to the money on the other side, and done so with civility, firmness, creativity and passion.

    Second, it’s now clearer than ever that the tar sands pose an incredible risk to the health and safety of our families and a livable planet. As a major study in Nature last month confirmed, a serious effort to control global warming must keep the ‘dirtiest oil in the world’ safely underground. Keystone XL must be evaluated not just as a pipeline but as part of the tar sands industry's plans for rapid and reckless expansion. As you have stated, the climate impacts of major infrastructure projects are a matter of national -- and international -- interest. Rejecting Keystone XL is the kind of the principled choice leaders need to make. There is no way to reconcile this pipeline with a serious climate policy.

    Third, the arguments for this pipeline—never strong—have disappeared on closer examination. It is not a potent job-creating tool, nor a route to American energy independence; tar sands expansion is not inevitable; and the sheer number of leaks and spills means a tar sands pipeline would pose a clear danger to public health. It is, instead, a classic boondoggle, whose only beneficiaries will be a handful of rich oil companies while our families take on all the risk.

    Many of the choices that define a presidency come by accident or chance — some storm or crisis that demands a quick response. But this one is firmly in your control. Climate change will be a defining issue of this century. Rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline will powerfully demonstrate your commitment to stopping the rising of the oceans, set the stage for further climate action and build a legacy worth sharing.

    In unity,

    Willie Nelson, Musician
    Mark Ruffalo, Actor
    Neil Young, Musician
    U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
    Julianne Moore, Actress
    Naomi Klein, Author
    Alec Baldwin, Actor
    U.S. Congressman Raul Grijalva
    Robert Redford, Actor
    Norman and Lyn Lear, Producers
    Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor
    Rev. Jim Wallis, Preacher
    Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network
    Bill McKibben,
    Jane Kleeb, Bold Nebraska
    Thom Yorke, Musician
    Michael Brune, Sierra Club
    Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Lubicon Cree First Nation
    James Hansen, Climate Scientist
    Randy Thompson, Nebraska Rancher
    Daryl Hannah, Actress
    Jean Ross, Karen Higgins, Deborah Burger, National Nurses United
    Faith Spotted Eagle, Ihanktonwan Treaty Council
    Vanessa Redgrave, Actress
    Larry Hanley, Amalgamated Transit Union
    Michael Kieschnick, CREDO
    Susan Sarandon, Actress
    Lance Bass, Musician
    Gene Karpinski, League of Conservation Voters
    Van Jones, Author
    Anna Galland,
    Robert Kennedy Jr., Author
    Sarah Neufeld, Musician
    Ian Somerhalder, Actor
    Peter Lehner, Natural Resources Defense Council
    Patti Smith, Musician
    Mike Richter, Athlete
    Frank Waln, Musician
    Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus
    Marisa Tomei, Actress
    John McEnroe, Athlete
    Whit Jones and Kendall Mackey, Energy Action Coalition
    Steve Kretzmann, Oil Change International
    Arturo Carmona,
    Rebecca Solnit, Author
    Laura Poitras, Film Director
    Erich Pica, Friends of the Earth
    Kyra Sedgwick, Actress
    Todd Paglia, ForestEthics
    Art and Helen Tanderup, Harvest the Hope Hosts
    Josh Fox, Film Director
    Ricken Patel,
    Thurston Moore, Musician
    Fred Krupp, Environmental Defense Fund
    Frank James, Dakota Rural Action
    Dan Cantor, Working Families Party
    Gus Speth, Environmentalist
    Lindsey Allen, Rainforest Action Network
    Richard Patrick, Musician
    Margot Kidder, Actress
    Ai-jen Poo, National Domestic Workers Alliance
    Frances Fisher, Actress
    Susan Stephenson, Interfaith Power and Light
    Laura Michalchyshyn, Producer
    Anthony Edwards, Actor
    Jeremy Hays, Green For All
    David Gelber, Producer
    Steve Jordan, Musician
    Billy Wimsatt, Author
    Joel Bach, Producer
    Joe Uehlein, Labor Network for Sustainability
    Lyn Lear, Producer
    Heather McGhee, Demos
    Nebraska State Senator Ken Haar
    Jonathan Marc Sherman, Playwright
    Greg and Suzanne Walmer, Landowners
    Fletcher Harper, Green Faith
    Lonnie and Sandra Breiner, Landowners
    Jack Geiger, Physicians for Human Rights
    Martha Plimpton, Actress
    Jack and Lynelle Huck, Landowners
    Lloyd, Vencille, Paul, Cody and Logan Hipke, Landowners
    Gary and Donna Roller, Landowners
    Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, New York State Nurses Association
    Mike and Cheri Blocher, Landowners
    Terry Tempest Williams, Author
    Tom, Cathie, Lance Genung, Landowners
    Annie Leonard, Greenpeace USA
    William and Susan Huwaldt, Landowners
    Barbara Kopple, Film Director
    Wendy Abrams, Philanthropist
    Kent Adelson, Landowner
    Sherry Loseke, Landowner
    John Quigley, Artist
    Rebecca Foon, Musician
    Lori and Ron Fischer, Landowners
    Deepak Bhargava, Center for Community Change
    John, Ty and Andrew Pribramsky, Landowners
    Debbie Levin, Environmental Media Association
    Joslyn Barnes, Producer
    Kurt and Laura Meusch, Landowners
    Walton Ford, Artist
    Gerald and Vanessa Brand, Landowners
    George Goehl, National People’s Action
    Bob Holman, Poet
    Larry, Lori and J.D. Mudloff, Landowners
    John Cavanagh, Institute for Policy Studies
    Shannon and Suz Straka-Heyden, Landowners
    Alexandra Shiva, Film Director
    Allpress Family, Landowners
    Dr. Irwin Redlener, Children’s Health Fund
    Delwyn and Allene K Schwager, Landowners
    Jesse Paris Smith, Musician
    Kimi Hendricks, Landowner
    Scott Reed, PICO National Network
    Ken Winston, Nebraska Sierra Club
    Anne Waldman, Author
    Aldo Seoane, Wica Agli
    Laurie Anderson, Musician
    Atossa Soltani, Amazon Watch
    Lynn Goldsmith, Photographer
    Terre Roche, Musician
    Karen Sheinheit, Actress
    Mark Ephraim, Producer
    Larry and Ann Anderson, Landowners
    Kim Pokorosky, Actress
    Jim Doble, Musician
    Alystyre Julian, Producer
    Nacho Arimany, Musician
    Mary Jane Nyberg, Landowners
    Kate Sekules, Author
    Hammond Family, Landowners
    Devin Waldman, Musician
    Abbi Kleinschmidt, Landowner
    Bob Thurman, Author
    Harrington Family, Landowners
    Sam Messer, Artist
    Ambrose Bye, Musician
    Berry Family, Landowners
    Eli Smith, Musician
    Heather White, Environmental Working Group
    Julie Panebianco, Musician
    Kenny Bruno, New Venture Fund
    Robert Kenner, Filmmaker