Quantcast

Biker Heads to DC From Cleveland With Petition to Stop Keystone XL Southern Leg

Energy

Today, Tom Weis launched a 485-mile bike journey from the Cleveland, OH, office of EcoWatch to the White House to deliver more than 7,000 signatures on a petition calling on President Obama to stop the construction of Keystone XL's 485-mile southern leg. The petition is endorsed by Daryl Hannah, Tim DeChristopherEd Begley, Jr., Mariel Hemingway, Dr. James Hansen, Julia Butterfly Hill, Lester BrownPaul Hawken and others.

Keystone XL's 485-mile southern leg has been described as a linchpin for expanded tar sands development that, if not stopped, would transport more than half a million barrels of toxic tar sands daily from landlocked Alberta, Canada, to Texas port refineries. The tar sands pipeline is 95 percent built, with TransCanada hoping to bring it on line by the end of this year. 

Warning that the pipeline would accelerate the growth of one of the most polluting fuels on the planet, Stefanie Spear, founder and CEO of EcoWatch, said, "Stopping the construction of the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline is one of the most important steps in preventing irreversible damage to our climate."

Tom Weis, president of Climate Crisis Solutions, said, "If the Obama administration was able to conjure up a way to fast-track construction of Keystone XL's southern leg, it should be able to conjure up a way to stop it."

"At a time when the climate crisis demands an emergency response of 80 percent carbon cuts by 2020, our political leaders are instead embracing ever more extreme fossil fuels project like the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in Texas and Oklahoma," said Lester Brown, president of Earth Policy Institute. "We need to be shooting for the moon with renewable energy, not drilling our way deeper into the climate hole."

Renewing the call he originally made in 2010, when he pedaled 2,500 miles from Boulder, CO, to Washington, DC, in support of 100 percent renewable electricity for the U.S. by 2020, Weis concluded, "The urgency of our economic and planetary meltdown demands a modern-day green energy 'moon shot' for America. It's time for our generation to stand up and do something great."

Weis was in the first wave of 1,253 activists arrested outside the White House during a 2011 protest against Keystone XL, spending two nights in a DC cellblock with Bill McKibben and 63 others. The 2013 Ride for Renewables will conclude with an action outside the White House in early November, where climate leaders will peaceably assemble to demand that President Obama stop the tar sands pipeline in its entirety.

 

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

Flat-lay of friends eating vegan and vegetarian Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving dinner with pumpkin pie, roasted vegetables, fruit and rose wine. Foxys_forest_manufacture / Royalty-free / iStock / Getty Images

Thanksgiving can be a tricky holiday if you're trying to avoid animal products — after all, its unofficial name is Turkey Day. But, as more and more studies show the impact of meat and dairy consumption on the Earth, preparing a vegan Thanksgiving is one way to show gratitude for this planet and all its biodiversity.

Read More Show Less
Residents wear masks for protection as smoke billows from stacks in a neighborhood next to a coal fired power plant on Nov. 26, 2015 in Shanxi, China. Kevin Frayer / Getty Images

While most of the world is reducing its dependence on coal-fired power because of the enormous amount of greenhouse gases associated with it, China raised its coal fired capacity over 2018 and half of 2019, according to a new study.

Read More Show Less
Sponsored
Children run on the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail in California. Bureau of Land Management

By Matt Berger

It's not just kids in the United States.

Children worldwide aren't getting enough physical activity.

That's the main conclusion of a new World Health Organization (WHO) study released Wednesday.

Read More Show Less

By Tim Ruben Weimer

Tanja Diederen lives near Maastricht in the Netherlands. She has been suffering from Hidradenitis suppurativa for 30 years. Its a chronic skin disease in which the hair roots are inflamed under pain — often around the armpits and on the chest.

Read More Show Less
Biosolids are applied to fallow wheat fields to build healthy soils at Boulder Park, Washington. King County

By Sarah Wesseler

Talk of natural climate solutions typically conjures up images of lush forests or pristine wetlands. But in King County, Washington, one important natural solution comes from a less Instagram-worthy source: the toilets of Seattle.

Read More Show Less