U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, of Illinois, has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, urging rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. The letter was signed by 27 additional members of the House; since then others have asked to be included. U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart, of Belleville was not yet among them, but he has that opportunity in coming days.
The text of the letter is about one page long. The first and last paragraphs are thus:
"We write today to urge you to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. The XL pipeline project would unlock huge reserves of carbon that scientists have warned need to stay in the ground if we are to avoid worsening climate change that could prove irreversible."
"If the United States is truly committed to avoiding a 2-degree temperature increase, we have to start by resisting this pipeline. Green-lighting Keystone XL would pit us on an environmentally unsustainable path of tar sands development. Keystone XL and other would-be tar sands pipelines are not in our national interest. We urge you to reject the pipeline and keep tar sands oil in the ground where it belongs. ..."
Constituents so minded should contact Enyart, at his Washington office or the one in Belleville, and urge him to join the letter co-signers.