Eddie Scher, Sierra Club, 415-815-7027 Betsy Taylor, Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions, 240 988 4036
[San Francisco, CA] Today a diverse group of 14 leaders representing youth from across the country submitted a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking him to urge President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline permit. Nine of the leaders met by conference call at noon EST today to discuss their concerns with Ambassador Carlos Pascual, Special Envoy for International Energy Affairs, and with Assistant Secretary of State Kerri-Ann Jones. The State Department is currently reviewing the climate and environmental impacts of the controversial project and a decision is expected in the coming months on the tar sands crude pipeline.
The letter reads:
“In 1971, when you were roughly our age, you asked ‘How can you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?’ The penetrating moral clarity of the question made it a turning point in the nation’s debate over the Vietnam War. You stood resolute, making history’s judgment inescapably clear, and inviting America to stand, at last, on the right side of that judgment.
“We stand at such a point today, with respect to an even greater challenge, an even bigger mistake – the imminent threat of catastrophic climate disruption. Your recommendation on the Keystone XL pipeline permit can help correct the course for our future, and all humanity’s. We dare to believe that it’s not just an accident of history that this recommendation falls to you.”
Bios for signatories: Jared Leto, Conor Kennedy, Mayor Svante Myrick,, Adam Gardner, Isabel Grantham, Joel Charles,Jesse Charles, Kate Colarulli, Ben Gotschall, Billy Parish, Ben Serrurier,Kandi Mossett, Emily Abrams, and Lauren Sullivan