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Dear Clyde,

Thank you for writing to express your opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. I share your strong opposition to the pipeline and the environmental damage it would cause.

On November 18, 2014, I joined 40 of my Senate colleagues in voting against a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline (S. 2280). I am pleased to report that the bill failed, falling one vote short of the 60 votes needed for passage under a unanimous consent agreement.

Please know that I am deeply troubled by the level of severe environmental destruction resulting from ongoing development of tar sands. I appreciate knowing your concerns about the pipeline's approval and share your commitment to protecting our environment and addressing climate change. I will keep your comments in mind should the Senate consider additional legislation on the Keystone XL pipeline in the future.

Again, thank you for your letter.

Sincerely yours,

Dianne Feinstein

United States Senator

 

Dear Mr. Lucas,

Thank you for writing to me to express your opposition to the proposed Keystone XL project.

I appreciate hearing from you on this vital matter. Tar sands oil contains significantly higher levels of toxic pollutants than conventional crude oil – with 11 times more sulfur and nickel, six times more nitrogen, and five times more lead. The extraction, transport, refining, and waste disposal of tar sands oil have serious health impacts on communities: exacerbating respiratory ailments, aggravating heart disease, and even leading to premature deaths.

Furthermore, I have serious concerns about the dangerous contribution the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would make to climate change. According to the U.S. State Department, tar sands oil creates 17 percent more carbon pollution per barrel of oil than domestic oil, and the pipeline could increase carbon pollution equivalent to adding 5.8 million new cars to the road or building eight new coal-fired power plants.

The Keystone XL project would undoubtedly set us back in our fight against climate change. I strongly believe that the Keystone XL project is not in our national interest, and the Administration should not issue a permit authorizing its construction.

Please know that I will keep fighting against the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and continue working for a safe, clean, job-producing energy future.

Please feel free to contact me again.

Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer

United States Senator

 

Dear Clyde,

Your passion and activism made NRDC a force for nature in 2014.

From winning proposed rules that would block the destructive Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay ... to protecting the fragile Arctic from Shell’s plans to drill for oil; from restoring protections for Wyoming’s embattled wolves ... to inspiring President Obama’s groundbreaking plan to slash carbon pollution from power plants. I look forward to having you fight alongside us again as we come to the rescue of wildlife and wild places in 2015.

Sincerely,

Frances Beinecke

President Natural Resources Defense Council

 

Thank You Lucy

2013

Dear Mr. Lucas,

VICTORY! Cabo Pulmo coral reef saved! Mexican President Felipe Calderón just put an end to plans that would have imperiled the marine paradise of Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, home to the only living hard coral reef in Mexico’s Gulf of California. He rejected plans for a massive resort complex that could have devastated the marine paradise of Cabo Pulmo, its coral reef and the local community.

This is a huge victory for all the local, national and international groups that waged a strong multi-year campaign urging officials to abandon the destructive proposal called Cabo Cortés. Tens of thousands of BioGems Defenders like you stood strong in opposing this mega-tourism scheme.

I hope you’ll celebrate this hard-won victory. And thank you for fighting alongside NRDC to help save the irreplaceable coral reef and wildlife of Cabo Pulmo.

Sincerely,

Frances Beinecke

President NRDC

 

2013

Dear Mr. Lucas,

Thanks to you, we defeated Exxon’s plan to turn a pristine stretch of the Rocky Mountains into an industrial tar sands corridor. Forcing the oil giant to back down in its quest to turn a remote and wild stretch of the Rocky Mountains into an industrial transportation corridor. Exxon has formally withdrawn its application with the state of Montana to ship thousands of mega-sized tractor trailers, filled with tar sands equipment, along the pristine Lolo Pass, high up in the Rocky Mountains. Your messages to the state of Montana and the U.S. Forest Service helped persuade officials to delay the project last year. Now, in the face of overwhelming public opposition, Exxon has officially thrown in the towel. We couldn’t have done it without you. With this victory, residents in Rocky Mountain communities on both sides of the border can breathe easier. This is a win for the environment worth celebrating.

Sincerely,

Frances Beinecke

President NRDC

 

 

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