Fwd: Sign our letter to President Obama: Reject Keystone XL
From: Scott Jackson (sjackzen46gmail.com)
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 11:38:55 -0700 (PDT)
A day after the highly successful Alberta Clipper rally and public hearing
(too bad you left before your name was called in the evening, Wendy),
here's another KXL pipeline petition to sign.

Scott Jackson
sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jean Ross via CREDO Mobilize <act [at] credoaction.com>
Date: Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 8:11 AM
Subject: Sign our letter to President Obama: Reject Keystone XL
To: Scott Jackson <sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com>

   * The email below is from Jean Ross, a CREDO activist who is
co-president of National Nurses United. Jean started a campaign on CREDO
<http://act.credoaction.com/go/1668?t=1&akid=10358.3204135.Q0I66z>, where
activists can launch their own campaigns for progressive change. Will you
help Jean pressure President Obama to reject Keystone XL by signing her
letter <http://act.credoaction.com/go/3809?t=2&akid=10358.3204135.Q0I66z>
and sharing it with your friends and family? *
 [image: CREDO Mobilize] * Co-sign the letter: Keystone XL is bad for
public health and must be rejected.
  [image: Sign the petition â]

Dear Scott,

Registered nurses know you can't have healthy patients without a healthy
planet. In my 40 years as a registered nurse, I've witnessed the
devastating effect environmental pollution has had on children and families
up close. And it's getting worse.

*From mining to transport to refining, dirty tar sands oil has already been
linked to cancer, asthma, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders,
genetic damage, and birth defects.*

That's why nurses oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, and why I started a
campaign on CREDOmobilize.com urging President Obama to reject it. Co-sign
my letter to President Barack Obama, which says the following:

*Any project that places the health and safety of Americans at substantial
risk cannot be in our national interest. I urge you to reject the Keystone
XL pipeline due to the adverse health effects it would have, both on U.S.
residents and people around the globe.*

*Co-sign the letter from nurses telling President Obama to reject the
dangerous Keystone XL pipeline.

If approved, the Keystone XL pipeline would increase global greenhouse gas
emissions and exacerbate the climate crisis, leading to countless threats
to our health. Higher air temperatures can increase bacteria-related food
poisoning, such as salmonella, and animal-borne diseases such as West Nile

Ground level ozone contaminants, which are increased by high temperatures,
can damage lung tissue, reduce lung function, and increase respiratory
ailments. *Pediatricians have said they are already witnessing a rise in
diseases including diarrhea, cholera, gastroenteritis, typhoid, and
hepatitis due to climate change.*

Tar sands pipeline spills are also a significant concern. The 2010
Kalamazoo River spill in Michigan â the effects of which are still being
felt by that community â resulted in inhalation of benzene and other
chemicals and more than 150 cases of illness. Michiganâs Department of
Public Health identified cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, neurological,
ocular, dermal and respiratory impacts.

Refining raw bitumen from tar sands also makes people sick. Tar sands
contains up to 11 times more sulfur than conventional crude oil with high
levels of sulfur compounds linked to serious ailments of the nervous and
respiratory systems. Residents of *Southeast Texas, particularly refinery
towns like Port Arthur and Houston, already live in known âcancer zones.â
Increased raw bitumen refining due to Keystone XL threatens to make a bad
situation worse.*

Over the past 40 years, I've seen an alarming rise in asthma affecting
small infants and people who don't have a history of respiratory ailments,
and increasing cases of leukemia and other cancers linked to air and water
pollution. *Keystone XL would make the problem worse.*

*Will you join me and add your name to my letter urging President Obama to
reject the dangerous Keystone XL pipeline?

Thank you for your support.

Jean Ross
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