The League joined coalition partners on a letter thanking President Obama for his veto of legislation that would force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington DC, 20500

February 25, 2015

Dear Mr. President,

On behalf of our millions of members and activists across the country, we write to thank you for your veto of S. 1, the bill that would force approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.  

In exercising your authority, you are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with scientists and economists, Nobel Laureates, youth, conservation organizations, and many others that want a clean energy future rather than to turn back the clock and abet the expansion of the dirtiest oil on the planet.  You are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Native Americans, ranchers, and farmers along the route that have put their lives on hold for years to battle this pipeline and bring its risks to light. 

You said in your Georgetown University speech in 2013 that, “Our national interest will be served only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution. The net effects of the pipeline’s impact on our climate will be absolutely critical to determining whether this project is allowed to go forward. It’s relevant.”  We agree and are confident that your next step is to find it is not in the national interest. 

We thank you at this historic moment for your veto, for your leadership, and fundamentally for looking out for the young people that will inherit the planet we leave behind.  As you said so eloquently in your State of the Union speech,  “No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.”
Alaska Wilderness League
American Rivers
Bold Nebraska
Center for Biological Diversity
Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Clean Coalition
Clean Water Action
Defenders of Wildlife
Earth Day Network
Environment America
Environmental Defense Fund
Forest Ethics
Friends of the Earth
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Green for All
Greenpeace US
Hip Hop Caucus
Indigenous Environmental Network
International Forum on Globalization
Kids vs. Global Warming
Labor Network for Sustainability
League of Conservation Voters
League of Women Voters
National Audobon Society
Native American Rights Fund
Natural Resources Defense Council
Ocean Conservancy
Oil Change International
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Public Citizen
Safe Climate Campaign
Sierra Club
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
The Climate Reality Project
Union of Concerned Scientists