A group of Yolo County residents met with others in Sacramento on Monday evening to protest the potential approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. When their efforts in Sacramento ended, the Yolo attendees came to Davis to combine with more Yolo residents to extend the protest here in the vicinity of Central Park. This protest was happening in many communities across America.
Why would they bother with something that starts in Canada and doesn’t come near California?
These are dedicated, involved citizens who care about climate change, which will affect all of America. They care enough to try and alert others to the effects, however reduced, however slow, that come with the movement of this tar sand oil. To paraphrase remarks by Duncan Miesel of 350.org — the bottom line is, it is our future on the line, our air, our land, wherever in the states it is degraded — it is an issue affecting all of us.
Wake up, friends. What happens to people and crops and land and air in the middle of our country is our responsibility, too. And we can keep this from happening with enough protest, enough objections that our voice cannot be ignored.
Write President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. John Garamendi. Let them know that we in California care what happens in our country, not just our little corner of it.
The jobs that are associated with the pipeline are mostly temporary ones; the energy it represents is set for export; it delays development of renewable energy and the jobs and benefits that would sustain our country. Write a letter, make a phone call, become involved. This piece of the future is in your hands.
Barbara R. Burr