"[Climate change] is a threat that is global in scope but also local and national in impact.... No issue we face today has broader long-term consequences or greater potential to alter the world for future generations." -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, April 27, 2009
Two months ago you joined more than 16,000 others in asking Secretary Clinton not to permit the expansion of dirty tar sands via the Alberta Clipper pipeline. Last month the State Department issued a permit for the pipeline that will bring the world's dirtiest oil into America, increase global warming pollution, and support the destruction of important forest and bird habitat.
We're going to challenge the State Department's decision in court, but we need you to let Secretary Clinton know that by allowing this destructive project to move forward, she is failing to protect our national interest. More proposed pipelines, like TransCanada's Keystone XL project, are seeking State Department approval as oil companies plot how to continue our over-dependence on their dirty product. Secretary Clinton needs to hear, loud and clear, that the State Department made a mistake on this one.
At a time when concern is growing about the national security threat posed by global warming, increasing pollution and our dependence on oil is the last thing we should be doing. While the rest of the Obama administration is working to create millions of new clean energy jobs, the State Department is helping oil companies lock our economy into decades of dependence on dirty and outdated infrastructure.