GOP Keystone Kops, er, Clock vs. Alec Baldwin, Morgan Freeman on climate change, Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline


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Big Oil is determined to get its way when it comes to the Keystone XL oil tar sands pipeline, especially if our own State Department and president decide to support this potentially catastrophic project, which is a real possibility. Republicans couldn't be more giddy.

But while the GOP is posting widgets to pressure President Obama on Keystone...

... This message should be taken much more seriously:

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“Your legacy as 44th President of the United States rests firmly on your leadership on climate disruption. Only the president has the power to lead an effort on the scale and with the urgency we need to phase out fossil fuels and lead America, and the world, in a clean energy revolution."

The Hill:

In a new messaging campaign, the committee’s GOP members have plastered a “Keystone Clock” on its website that shows 1,606 days have passed since TransCanada Corp. filed its September 2008 application for the oil sands pipeline with the State Department.

vs. The Hill:

Actors Alec Baldwin and Morgan Freeman are among the stars warning President Obama that his legacy will rest on what he does to stop climate change. 

In an advertisement that ran Monday in Beltway publications, the stars call on Obama to exercise “the strongest resolve in fighting the climate crisis on every front.” [...]

The ad is signed by 30 people, including actors Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson and Susan Sarandon and musicians Adam Levine, Bonnie Raitt and Jason Mraz in addition to Baldwin and Freeman. [...]

The White House has the final say on Keystone’s fate, as it crosses national boundaries.

All the profits in the world are meaningless if 1) nobody is around to enjoy them, and 2) they're spent on health care that will become increasingly necessary to treat symptoms and diseases resulting from a toxic environment.