On Notice: TD Bank Portland Maine
Dear TD Bank,
We represent more than 75,000 Americans who have taken the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance. We have pledged to engage, if necessary, in acts of dignified, peaceful civil disobedience that could result in our arrest in order to send the message to President Obama and his administration that they must reject the Keystone XL pipeline.
The Keystone XL pipeline is a disastrous project. If the Keystone pipeline is allowed to go forward, it is essentially “game over for the climate,” according to James Hansen, former chief climate scientist at NASA and one of the world’s leading authorities on climate change. Hansen’s dire warning is based on the fact that the Keystone pipeline will dramatically increase production in the Alberta tar sands, which is among the largest pools of carbon on the planet. In May, our atmosphere crossed the threshold of 400 parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere for the first time in the history of human life on earth. As climate scientists have predicted, record floods, droughts, wildfires, ocean acidification, and superstorms such as Typhoon Haiyan are the consequence. People already are dying. If through the Keystone we speed the release of carbon pollution into our atmosphere, this unfolding catastrophe will only grow greater, more life-threatening, more inescapable.
Against these unprecedented risks, there is very little benefit. The spill-prone pipeline would create just a few dozen permanent jobs while carrying 800,000 barrels a day of toxic bitumen from the tar sands fields of Alberta, Canada, across hundreds of U.S. waterways and Nebraska’s Ogallala aquifer--one of the most important sources of agricultural water in the country. Upon reaching the shipping ports of the Gulf Coast, most or all of the tar sands oil would be exported to oil-hungry nations in other parts of the world.
As a primary financial backer of the Keystone XL Pipeline, with 1.6 billion dollars invested, we see TD Bank as choosing to accelerate rather than to slow climate change. We ask you to divest as soon as possible. But this is to inform you that if the State Department issues a National Interest Determination signaling a likely Presidential approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, we will, absent TD Bank divestment, return to your office to peacefully protest your involvement in the pipeline.
The Pledge of Resistance— Maine