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President Obama: Say No to Keystone XL Corruption

Evidence of a real corruption scandal is mounting at the State Department
By Tar Sands Action
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(Monday, Oct. 2, 2011) New emails released today by Friends of the Earth show that State Department employees offered personal favors to the lead lobbyist for Keystone XL while the pipeline was under review.
The emails reveal that senior staff at the US embassy in Ottawa actively acted as a cheerleader for the project, and that Paul Elliot, a leader on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign turned oil lobbyist, used his connections to win favors and meetings with top officials overseeing review of the pipeline.The emails released today are a smoking gun that show how oil industry lobbying money has corrupted the State Department's review of Keystone XL. They simply cannot be trusted to defend America's national interest.
President Obama promised to clean up Washington and to end the tyranny of oil. He can keep both of those promises right now by rejecting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The more people he hears from now, the harder it will be for him to abandon his campaign promises and approve the pipeline. Can you send a message to the President telling him that you expect him to stand up to big oil corruption and reject Keystone XL?
Use the tool below to send a message to the President:

Stop Big Oil Corruption, Reject Keystone XL
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Dear President Obama-

I need you to you to stand up to big oil's corruption, and stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
Recently released emails show State Department employees have offered personal favors to Paul Elliot, the lead lobbyist for Keystone XL, while the pipeline was under review. One email shows them cheerleading him saying simply: "Go Paul!" The emails also show how Elliot, who worked on Secretary Clinton's Presidential campaign, uses his connections to get favors and meetings with officials in charge of reviewing of the pipeline.
The State Department was also caught using a TransCanada contractor to conduct its environmental review, and giving tips to the company on how to get the pipeline passed. There is a clear pattern of pro-pipeline bias at the State Department, and they simply cannot be trusted to defend America's true interests when it comes to Keystone XL.
You promised to clean up Washington and stop the corrupting flow of dirty money into government. You can keep that promise right now by rejecting the State Department's biased ruling on Keystone XL and declaring that the pipeline is not in the national interest.
Anything less would only show that dirty money still does buy power in Washington.

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