Wednesday, December 14, 2011

If you're in Boston on Thursday, help prevent tar sands development and climate disaster

We're posting this for our friends at Tar Sands Action Network.

Dear Climate Activists,
We need you to join us outside Senator Scott Brown's office, 2400 JFK Building, 15 New Sudbury Street, Boston, on Thursday at 11 a.m. prevent future natural disasters from hitting our Commonwealth and nation.

RSVP here if you can make it--we need 48 people to sign up to represent the 48 states that have each had a FEMA-declared national disaster this year.

Fossil fuel companies are trying to force a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline by attaching it to the payroll tax cut bill rapidly working its way through Congress. This pipeline would accelerate the development of the Tar Sands, meaning "game over for the climate" (according to NASA's top climate scientist) and countless new natural disasters across Massachusetts and the world. Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown is one of the few swing votes on this bill. It's up to us to win his vote or expose him as a puppet of the fossil fuel industry.

Scott Brown is a member of the Massachusetts National Guard and is on the Subcommittee for Disaster Recovery in the Senate, so he should know and care that 2011 was a record year for FEMA-declared emergencies. It should be clear to him that climate change is already costing us lives and billions of dollars--yet his campaign bill is footed by massive fossil fuel corporations such as Koch Industries and Exxon Mobil.

Tomorrow's action is a follow-up to a meeting with constituents held on Monday, at which they asked him to help prevent future Hurricane Irenes by blocking the pipeline. The alternative? Increased funding for FEMA and the National Guard to deal with the upcoming disasters that burning the Tar Sands oil will create.

If he does not pledge to vote against the pipeline before Thursday at noon, we will start a march, led by a former National Guardsman and a giant puppet of Scott Brown, through the streets of Boston to the local Massachusetts National Guard recruiting office to let them know to start recruiting and training future disaster responders to deal with the more frequent and more serious natural disasters that will be brought by burning the Tar Sands.

Want to be a part of this? Show up on Thursday at 11AM at Brown's office (2400 JFK Building, 15 New Sudbury Street, Boston). RSVP here--we're asking willing individuals to commit to specific roles in our demonstration before the march.

Please dress professionally. We need to show Senator Brown and those considering voting for him that we take our future very seriously. We will be polite, professional, and principled. Please wear the nicest outfit you have that you feel comfortable marching two miles in.

Please forward this email widely to your networks. Thank you all for your efforts, and we hope to see you on Thursday.

- Craig, Roger, Kathryn, Nathalie, Alli, and other Massachusetts supporters of Tar Sands Action network

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