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Friday, August 19, 2011

Tell President Obama you don't want Canadian tar sand oil coming to the U.S.

  • President Obama can stop an environmental disaster right now by denying a permit right for the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • The Keystone XL pipeline is a fuse to the largest carbon bomb on the planet, the Canadian tar sands. The world's leading climate scientists say that if we burn the tar sands it could be "game over" for the planet.
  • I'm risking arrest outside the White House because we desperately need the President Obama to do the right thing and stop this pipeline.  
Right now, President Obama can stop an environmental disaster with a stroke of his pen. He needs to listen to ordinary Americans, not oil companies, and say no to a new pipeline that could cause a BP disaster right in America's heartland, over the largest source of fresh drinking water in the country. 

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would also open up the Canadian tar sands – the dirtiest fuel on the planet. The top climate scientist in the world has said that if we begin burning the tar sands, it could be "game over" for the planet.

This is Obama's biggest environmental test before the 2012 election.

The President's failure to take any substantive steps to protect the environment and stop the climate crisis has left his base disheartened and desperate. He can blame Congress for the Democrats' failure to pass a climate bill despite unprecedented majorities, but this decision is his and only his.

Denying the pipeline permit, right now, is a chance for Obama to stand up to Big Oil and electrify his supporters.

We're risking arrest at the White House to send a message. Obama has the power to do the right thing, but he must do it now. The future of our planet depends on it.

Looking forward to seeing more of you here in DC! 


p.s. Some media coverage: 

Lead-Up to White House Sit-in:
Reuters – Greens see red over oil sands pipeline
(also in: MSNBC, WSJ, Ottawa Citizen, Dalls News, CNBC, & 1,900 more results with exact search terms on Google)
Associated Press – Labor Groups Differ Over US-Canada Oil Pipeline
(also in: Sacramento Bee, SF Gate, Yahoo, Washington Examiner, Salon, CBS, Oregon Live, The Blaze, & 15,000 other results with exact search terms on Google).
New York Times / ClimateWire – Protest Makes Canada-To-U.S. Pipeline Project Newest Front in Climate Clash
New York Times / ClimateWire – A Climate Change ‘Bummer Outer’ Comes to Washington

Democracy Now – A Debate: Should the U.S. Approve TransCanada’s Massive Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline?
Guardian – Massive protest at White House against Alberta tar sands pipeline
CBS News – Environmentalists protest proposed Canada to Texas oil pipeline
The Canadian Press / HuffPo – Keystone Pipeline Battle: Mark Ruffalo Speak Out Against Oil Sands
Montreal Gazette
 – Protesters plan Washington sit-ins over Keystone oilsands pipeline
Vancouver Sun – Another Hollywood actor adds name to protest against Keystone XL pipeline
Fox News  – Energy in America: Keystone XL’s Oil Sands Pipeline Up in the Air
Digital Journal – Tar sands protest begins Saturday at White House

New American Media – NAM Radio: Bill McKibben and the Alaska-to-Texas Oil Pipeline
The Tyee – Climate Justice Movement Keys off Civil Rights Crusade

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