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More Pollution, Higher Gas Prices: Tell Obama to Say No to Tar Sands

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Tar Sands Action first day- August 20, 2011From activist Bill McKibben to actress Daryl Hannah, about 600 people have been arrested so far this week at the White House. They’re protesting a planned tar sands pipeline cutting from the Canadian border all the way down to Texas. Al Gore explains why a bipartisan coalition has come together to ask President Obama to take a stand against the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline:

The leaders of the top environmental groups in the country, the Republican Governor of Nebraska, and millions of people around the country-including hundreds of people who have bravely participated in civil disobedience at the White House-all agree on one thing: President Obama should block a planned pipeline from the tar sands of Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico.

The tar sands are the dirtiest source of fuel on the planet.  As I wrote in Our Choice two years ago, gasoline made from the tar sands gives a Toyota Prius the same impact on climate as a Hummer using gasoline made from oil. This pipeline would be an enormous mistake. The answer to our climate, energy and economic challenges does not lie in burning more dirty fossil fuels – instead, we must continue to press for much more rapid development of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and cuts in the pollution that causes global warming.

Here’s what’s most ridiculous: The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline wouldn’t cut gas prices. The company that wants to build the pipeline admits it would actually raise gas prices 15 cents a gallon in the Midwest, where it’s currently forced to dump tar sands oil at a discount. Why would President Obama even consider a pipeline that would put communities, water supplies and wildlife at risk, would lock in our oil dependence, and would raise gas prices? But with Energy Secretary Steven Chu making approving statements about the pipeline and the White House press secretary refusing to even tell President Obama about the protests, it’s fair to wonder if the fix is in for dirty tar sands.

Learn more at TarSandsAction.org, then tell President Obama to say no to dirty tar sands.  

  • Teddy Goodson

    His press secretary is comfortable telling national reporters that he has not talked to the President about the massive demonstrations? that his own top climate scientist is out there with the demonstrators?

    That sort of  deliberate insulation of the President is criminal, not to mention stupid. Why have they not told the President? Or, even worse, has the matter been mentioned, and Obama said he did not want to hear about it?

    Put this with Obama’s picking the same day Congress returns from recess to ask for a joint session to make a major speech (which also happens to be the day of the Republican presidential “debate”), thus giving the Speaker of the House yet another opportunity to insult and trivialize the President by refusing to set up auch a joint session, and I begin to wonder if Obama and his advisors have any political smarts at all. Has Obama simply decided he wants to be a one-term president?