Instead of speculating how Canada or its tar sands industry might react to a rejection of Keystone XL, the president should ask, "how will the world react?" The whole world, after all, will have to deal with the mess of climate change.
The president left town during a historic rally pressuring him to take action to reject a pipeline, in order to play a game based on egregious wasting of natural resources with someone who does business with Anadarko, an oil/gas/pipeline company.
When I handcuffed my wrist to the White House fence on February 13 along with author Bill McKibben, the Sierra Club's Michael Brune, civil rights icon Julian Bond and 44 others, it was a big moment for my organization, Earth Quaker Action Team.
If oil workers could choose, would they choose to work in toxic environments with damaging chemicals, or would they choose to work surrounded by clean air? If people had a choice, what would that choice be?
Climate change is already threatening our communities with extreme weather and costly damages. Fortunately President Obama has the power to stop a major source of global warming pollution from spreading: tar sands oil.
President Obama must lead our nation in the transition to a clean-energy economy that will create jobs, clean our air and water, protect our wild places, and improve our health. It's time to move America Forward on Climate.
If you're coming to D.C. this weekend, you won't see your parents' environmental movement here on the Mall. The climate crisis has forged a new, diverse coalition of Americans who have seen the effects of our fossil fuel dependency and want no future with it.
President Obama underscored his commitment to fighting climate change in both his Inaugural Address and his State of the Union Address. Now he has two critical opportunities to turn those words into deeds.