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I don't know about you, but I'm tired of wondering whether Keystone XL is going to get approved. There's no reason to keep us in suspense and no reason to approve it. It would be one of the most environmentally destructive "projects" in the Western Hemisphere, it wouldn't create the jobs its supporters claim, and it wouldn't bring down gas prices here or anywhere else. It's bad business for everyone except a few well-connected people. That's why I'm leading a citizen petition asking President Obama to block it. I released a video today starring myself in a borrowed lab coat where I explain why this project is a bad idea and what we can do to stop it. The link is below the fold.

I'll make this short and sweet. I don't make many videos. I'm not naturally a ham and I prefer to talk to people directly. But if this is the best way to get people on board, I'm going to share it. I think it explains what's going on more clearly than any essay ever could.

I hope you watch it and sign the petition at the link. As it says in part, "Efforts already under way are saving Americans money at the pump and creating new engineering and manufacturing jobs. Approving Keystone would put many of these advances in jeopardy. It would mean a return to the dirty economy of the past rather than a step toward the clean economy of the future." That's a message I think President Obama needs to hear right away.

Thanks for watching and for spreading the word. The White House needs to hear from as many of us as possible. If it takes 10,000 concerned citizens to get as much attention as a single well-heeled lobbyist -- and some days I worry it really does -- we all need to speak up.


Originally posted to Raul Grijalva on Wed May 29, 2013 at 09:35 AM PDT.

Also republished by Climate Hawks, Climate Change SOS, Baja Arizona Kossacks, and DK GreenRoots.

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