Monday, July 11, 2011

NRDC: Don't let Big Oil destroy 160 million birds

I just sent a message to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about this outrageous threat to North America's greatest songbird nursery. I thought you'd want to know about it. Dear Friend,

The numbers are staggering: tar sands mining in Canada's Boreal forest could claim the lives of 160 million migratory birds -- including millions of backyard songbirds we love seeing and hearing every summer.

Now, the oil giants want a new tar sands pipeline that would drive even more destruction of the Boreal and its songbird nursery -- unless we mobilize swiftly to stop it. Please send a message of protest to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who will soon determine whether this cross-border project is in America's national interest. She needs to hear from you immediately. Her department is rushing headlong toward approval of this environmental fiasco.

The Keystone XL pipeline would transport raw, toxic tar sands oil 2,000 miles -- from Alberta, Canada to refineries in Texas -- threatening fresh water for millions of American families. Its sister pipeline -- the Keystone One -- has already ruptured 12 times in its first year of operation!

The Keystone XL will double tar sands consumption in America, thereby doubling the devastation of Canada's Boreal forest and its songbird nursery. Four out of ten 'backyard birds' in America migrate to the Boreal to nest and rear their young. Where will those birds nest if their ancient forest home is obliterated to produce the world's dirtiest oil?

Barrel for barrel, the production of tar sands oil spews three times more global warming pollution than producing conventional oil. And transporting more of it to the U.S. won't even lower our gas prices; it will actually increase gas prices in the Midwest!

It's a plan only the oil industry could love, and only citizens can stop!

It's critical that hundreds of thousands of Americans direct their outrage at the State Department, which has never delivered the hard-hitting environmental review of the pipeline that Secretary of State Clinton promised.

It's beginning to look like 'the fix is in' and that Big Oil's interests will once again prevail over everyone else's unless there is a national outpouring of protest.

Make your own voice heard by telling Secretary Clinton to deliver the full review she promised and to reject the Keystone XL.

The tar sands pipeline will destroy the Boreal, decimate songbird populations, turbo-charge global warming, raise gas prices and threaten to poison America's drinking water supplies.

Tell Secretary Clinton you're not willing to pay the high price for more tar sands oil!

Sincerely, Frances Beinecke President

P.S. After you send your message to Secretary Clinton, you'll have the opportunity to forward my message to people you know who should be alerted to this issue. Please be sure to help spread the word. Time is short. We can only stop the pipeline -- and save millions of songbirds -- if each of us helps mobilize a national outpouring of protest by reaching out to one or two other people.

Thank you.

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