As the U.S. government nears a decision on whether or not to give the green light to the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline - and the dirty, destructive, greenhouse gas-spewing tar sands that will move through the pipeline from Canada south to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast - the forces pushing for the pipeline are accelerating their propaganda efforts. For instance, here's a story on what an astroturf group in Nebraska ("Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence") is up to these days. An excerpt from the group's "push poll" will give you a flavor of the arguments being made in support of the pipeline project:
Hello. I’m calling from Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence asking you to press 1 on your keypad, to authorize us to send a Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a letter in support of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which will help increase supply and lower gas prices, create thousands of American jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
To be built – the Pipeline must have an international border crossing permit, which can only be issued by the US Department of State. The Department has asked to hear from Nebraskans in support of the Pipeline, and we’re offering an opportunity for you to do so – now.
Alternatively, you could contact the U.S. Department of State and let them know you prefer a rapid transition towards clean energy - wind, solar, energy efficiency, geothermal, etc. - rather than continued addiction to dirty, expensive fossil fuels. We think that's a much better idea. If you agree, here's a link to the State Department's comments page. Thanks.