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President Barack Obama will decide as early as September whether to approve a $7-billion, 1,700-mile long pipeline called Keystone XL to transport up to 900,000 barrels a day of tar sands crude from northern Alberta to refineries along the Gulf Coast of Texas.

The Alberta tar sands is well known as the largest and most destructive industrial project in human history – causing massive environmental damage to the natural eco-system, killing resident and visiting animal and bird species, irrevocably polluting water and poisoning land and communities downstream of the Athabasca River and trampling on treaty and Indigenous rights in northern Alberta.

In 2008 I traveled with a group of fellow Canadians to the tar sands to understand the impact of bad government policy, corporate malfeasance and US oil addiction at this ‘ground zero’. We created this short video to convey the scope of the project and raise the alarm.

It’s astounding to think that what our small delegation saw in 2008 has continued to expand and wreak more havoc on people and planet. Approval of the Keystone XL would dramatically increase the strain on the tar sands and is a climate and pollution horror beyond description.


From August 20th to September 3rd, thousands of North Americans – including Danny Glover, and NASA’s Dr. James Hansen – will be at the White House, day after day, demanding Obama reject Keystone XL. Many protesters will engage in peaceful civil disobedience, day after day to make their voices heard.

Twenty-eight organizational leaders including Global Exchange’s Founding Director Kirsten Moller, have endorsed the days of action and we want YOU to participate.

2 Responses to “Join Thousands in Telling Obama: No to $7 Billion Oil Pipeline from Alberta to Gulf Coast”

  • Douglas Stanley

    Take a day off and educate yourself as to what is really of matter and substance on this planet called earth!

    It is not shredding the globe in the horrible bloody manner in which all governments & industry currently do! No!

    If you can’t see the wood for the trees, then put the chain-saw down and stop srewing with my planet, it might just be yours one day. Stop all this dreaming shit and live in the now where the shit is about to hit the fan globally.

    It’s called our environment, so before you take all this personally or feel threatened by my wish to see all polluters shown the door to hell, think long and hard before you take out a remorgage on that soul you sold to the devil.

    It is never to late to change for the better! We will forgive you for having this constant fear and need of conquering people and places that you don’t understand, but leave the damn planet alone! Please. NO PIPE LINE OR TAR_SAND CRUDE, AND STOP FRACKING. Again please!

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