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Pipeline Protestors to Obama: This Is Our Environmental Impact Statement

2011/08/26

Photo by Milan Ilnyckyj

From TPM.com, Why Far-Off Canadian Tar Sands Have Become Make-or-Break Issue For Obama With Enviros:

For six days and counting now, hundreds of protesters have gathered outside the White House to demand President Obama intervene and stop the construction of an oil pipeline that will span the breadth of the United States — from Montana to the Gulf of Mexico. Over 300 of them have been arrested — and not just wild-eyed idealistic college students, but high-profile advocates including environmental leader Bill McKibben. Despite all this, the administration says this is a question for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

What the heck is this all about?

At issue isn’t just NIMBYism or standard concerns about oil spills, but the question of whether the United States should accelerate an extraction process that some environmental experts say will lose the fight against global warming forever. Click here to read full article.

Photo by Josh Easton

Meanwhile, here in Canada, there is an Ottawa day of action against the tar sands being organized for September 26th. The Indigenous Environmental Network, The Council of Canadians, and Greenpeace Canada, are calling for a day of sit-ins on Parliament Hill to show Canadians support a transition to a clean energy future:

There comes a time when you need to take a stand. When sending letters and signing petitions isn’t enough. When together we must say, “enough is enough — not on our watch”.

That time is now. We must act together for the health of our planet, our air, our water, our climate, and our children.

On September 26th we need you to come to Ottawa to join a historic action to oppose the tar sands. In a large peaceful protest, many will be risking arrest to tell the Harper government that we don’t support his reckless agenda; that we want to turn away from the toxic tar sands industry; and that we oppose the direction he’s taking this country.

For more information, go to Ottawa Action.ca.

More links:

Energy Protests Are In Martin Luther King’s Footsteps: Obama Should Heed Tar Sand Civil Disobedience

One Comment leave one →
  1. 2011/08/26 8:21 pm

    For those who understand the problem of climate change, it is crystal clear that whatever hydrocarbon left in the ground at this point in time, should be left in the ground, simply because it is the use of fossil hydrocarbon that is the cause of our problem.
    One of the main arguments of the promoters of the pipeline is that of creating jobs, there is no doubt that in economic times like what we have at present, making jobs is good, but the quality of the jobs created is also important.
    It would be possible to start a project in the deserts of south west US to grow algae, on a huge scale, it has been estimated that a surface area, 125 miles by 120 miles of algae farm, would be enough to furnish the US with its diesel fuel requirements.
    Doing things of that nature, solar, wind and all would create many more jobs, plus many more permanent jobs, but the outcome 5 years on are totally different,
    Building the pipeline would insist that we burn all that hydrocarbon in Alberta,
    Building algae farms and solar power units would assure a supply of CO2 free energy, forever.
    Its a no brainer to me

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