275 people have been arrested so far outside the White House, protesting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and there are ten days to go. Now, the protestors have gained some additional support, in the form of the leaders of some of the US' biggest environmental organizations coming together to send President Obama a clear message:
Many of the organizations we head do not engage in civil disobedience; some do. Regardless, speaking as individuals, we want to let you know that there is not an inch of daylight between our policy position on the Keystone Pipeline and those of the very civil protesters being arrested daily outside the White House. This is a terrible project-many of the country's leading climate scientists have explained why in their letter last month to you. It risks many of our national treasures to leaks and spills. And it reduces incentives to make the transition to job-creating clean fuels.
You have a clear shot to deny the permit, without any interference from Congress. It's perhaps the biggest climate test you face between now and the election. If you block it, you will trigger a surge of enthusiasm from the green base that supported you so strongly in the last election. We expect nothing less.
Signing the letter are Fred Krupp from the Environmental Defense Fund, Michael Brune of the Sierra Club, Frances Beinecke of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Phil Radford of Greenpeace, Larry Schwieger of the National Wildlife Federation, Erich Pica from Friends of the Earth, Rebecca Tarbotton of Rainforest Action Network, May Boeve of 350.org, Gene Karpinski of the League of Conservation Voters, and Margie Alt of Environment America.