Keystone Activists: Make Your Voice Heard
The fight against the Keystone XL pipeline has reached a critical moment — President Obama just vetoed the Republican-backed Keystone XL bill, and we need your help to make sure he finishes the job and rejects it for good.
We’re asking people around the country to make their voices heard. Sign our pledge opposing Keystone. Put a sign in your yard. Hold a “Reject Now” rally at your local park or storefront. Paste a flyer to the windshield of your car. Send factsheets to your friends. Organize a gathering or other event to teach people about Keystone and spread the word.
Check out our new video of the dangers of America's dangerous pipelines. (An earlier version of this video, called "One Lime-lapse Big Oil Doesn't Want You to See," went viral on the popular website Upworthy.)
(You can also watch a fun video showing the Center's Frostpaw the Polar Bear doing a rap about Keystone XL.)
No matter how you look at it, Keystone XL will be bad for wildlife, especially endangered species.
Many imperiled species live along the 1,700-mile pipeline's path and in areas where tar sands oil is produced. If the pipeline is built, most will have nowhere else to go.
The Center for Biological Diversity released a report called In Harm’s Way: How the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Have Ignored the Dangers of the Keystone XL Pipeline to Endangered Species.
Our analysis finds that at least 12 threatened and endangered species in four states will be put in harm’s way by the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. They include whooping cranes, interior least terns, American burying beetles, northern swift foxes, greater sage grouse, piping plovers, pallid sturgeons and black-footed ferrets.
Threats from this project include habitat destruction from the massive ground disturbance this pipeline would cause, bird deaths from power-line collisions and the potentially catastrophic impacts of pipeline spills.
- The agencies in charge of evaluating spill risks have minimized the risk and consequences of Keystone XL spilling.
- KXL would spill an average of 1.9 times annually, releasing an average of 34,000 gallons of dirty tar sands oil each year. Past tar sands oil spills have devastated local wildlife, but the State Department completely fails to consider the cumulative effects of spills on terrestrial wildlife and migratory birds in important bird areas.
- Even though the agencies admit that the toxic effects of tar sands spills can reduce entire populations or biological communities of sensitive species, they come to the unsupported conclusion that endangered species such as the pallid sturgeon and American burying beetle would not be adversely affected by pipeline spills.
- Keystone XL would require the construction of 378 miles of new power lines, creating significant collision threats for imperiled birds and bats.
- Only about 300 endangered whooping cranes remain in the wild. Almost the entirety of the pipeline’s route through Nebraska is within the migratory corridor used by 90 percent of these whooping cranes, and cranes are particularly susceptible to collisions because their bodies are lanky. The agencies in charge wrongly conclude that by utilizing bird flight diverters — devices that scientists deem only marginally effective — power-line collisions wouldn’t adversely affect whooping cranes or other avian species.
- Construction on just the northern U.S. segment of the Keystone XL pipeline would directly disturb about 15,500 acres and would require the construction of hundreds of new roads.
- While the State Department admits that building KXL could result in the crushing of endangered northern swift foxes with young in dens, the State Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ignore their legal duty to consider impacts to these tiny imperiled foxes under the Endangered Species Act.
International Wildlife Impacts
- By creating new infrastructure to move dirty tar sands oil, building KXL would allow for more tar sands extraction in Canada’s rich boreal forest. Threatened woodland caribou are experiencing a rapid decline due to loss of habitat in the tar sands region, with one once-vast herd tragically expected to soon fall to fewer than 10 individuals.
- Increasing tar sands extraction will have devastating climate impacts. Species like the Arctic’s polar bear and emperor penguin are already swift declining due to climate change, and building KXL would exacerbate this problem. The agencies in charge of the project have refused to consider the pipeline’s international repercussions.
Please stand with us in opposing this dangerous project.
We’ll certainly stand by you — each step of the way. The Center for Biological Diversity has made a series of signs you can print, including two versions of each: one 8 ½ by 11 inches (perfect for your car window or bulletin board), and another 18 by 25 inches (great to display in your front yard or march with at a rally). We're also providing an awesome polar bear mask for you to print, cut out and put on a stick or string for your very own polar bear protest — plus a factsheet to help you get out all the right information.
View and print our Say No to Keystone signs, our polar bear mask and our factsheet:
Banner or Flyer: Say No to Keystone
Banner or Flyer: Stand Up for Wildlife, Say No to Keystone
Banner or Flyer: Tar Sands Kill, Pipelines Spill
Yard Sign: Say No to Keystone
Polar Bear Mask
Keystone XL Factsheet
You can also bring pledge forms for your friends, so they can help spread the movement.
Thanks for being part of this exciting time of action — and if you host a No Keystone event, please let us know how it went by sending an email with your photos, videos and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about the dangers of Keystone.