Sierra Club
Sierra Club Press Release


February 13, 2012

Contact: Eddie Scher (415) 815-7027

Half a Million Americans to US Senate: Say NO to Keystone XL

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At 6:54pm ET on Monday night, just under seven hours into a 24-hour petition drive, environmental and public interest groups smashed through their goal of sending the Senate over 500,000 messages opposing the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

The signature drive will continue until 12:00pm on Tuesday. At 3:00 pm, environmental groups will deliver boxes containing the 500,000 plus signatures directly to Sens. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, issued the following statement:

“Americans don’t want this oil, they don’t want this risk, and they don’t want this political circus. The President stood up to Big Oil and rejected the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. If Republicans in Congress were genuinely concerned about jobs they would have passed the jobs package last fall. If they were genuinely concerned about building America they would pass a clean transportation bill. And if they were genuinely concerned about the American people they would get out of the business of approving dangerous oil industry pet projects.”