A lot can happen in five years. It took fewer than five years to build the Empire State Building. Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel in fewer than five years. But for President Obama, five years isn’t enough time to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.
On the five year anniversary of the submission of the pipeline plans to the State Department, Energy Citizens around the nation decided to take a few minutes to tell President Obama that it’s time to build the Keystone XL Pipeline.
One creative way they did this was by taking to Twitter. Using the hashtag #lessthan5years, everyone from average citizens to members of Congress tweeted things that took fewer than five years to accomplish.
For example, one Twitter user posted: “Robert Downey Jr. built 4 Iron Man blockbusters in #LessThan5Years. But POTUS can't approve #KeystoneXL.”
Within two days, the hashtag #lessthanfive years reached 96,979 Twitter users and was tweeted 128 times. Over 131,000 Facebook users saw our campaign posts, with 1,682 shares, 5,764 likes, and 261 comments.
It shouldn’t take five years to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. It’s been studied thoroughly. The benefits it will produce are clear. As Energy Citizens across the country agree, it’s time to build!