Americans Drawing the Line on Day of Action against Keystone XL (Lazare)

Sarah Lazare writes at Commondreams.org:

In towns and cities across the U.S., demonstrators are 'drawing the line' Saturday demanding that President Obama protect people and the environment by rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline. Billed a national day of action, and spearheaded by the climate campaign 350.org, over 200 rallies will take place in all 50 states as communities say "no" to climate change and dirty tar sands oil extraction.

"We have people out across the country to draw attention to expanded tar sands production and send a message to the president to draw line on Keystone XL," Daniel Kessler of 350.org told Common Dreams.

In New York City, advocates will employ art and activism to create a human representation of a storm surge in Battery Park to illustrate the destructive rise in sea levels that will take place if climate change is not curtailed, 350.org organizers report.

In Detroit, protesters will rally at the tar sands refinery in their own city that is spewing pollution into their community.

In Nebraska, organizers have built a wind and solar-powered barn in the direct path of the Keystone XL pipleine. In their dedication ceremony today, they will demand the pipeline not be built, Kessler explained.

To follow the day's events as they unfold, see the following Twitter feed:

The mobilizations come as Obama weighs the future of the Keystone XL pipline, key measure for oil giants and the Canadian government to drastically accelerate tar sands oil extraction.

Obama declared in his June speech on climate change that he would only approve the Keystone XL pipeline if it "does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution."

Green groups are now demanding he stick to his word and call off the project, which they charge would devastate the environment and communities and deepen the crisis of global warming. “If he follows that standard in good faith, he can’t support the pipeline," said 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben. "The science and economics of it are completely clear."

"Of course the pipeline would increase emissions, because that's what an oil pipeline does by definition," Kessler told Common Dreams.

The national day of action comes as opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline mounts, with 40,000 people converging the Washington, DC in February to demand the president reject the pipeline. A host of organizations, including Friends of the Earth, Bold Nebraska, Sierra Club, Better Futures Project, Credo Action, the Energy Action Coalition, Oil Change International, Rainforest Action Network. the Tar Sands Blockade, are backing Saturday's mobilizations.

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Mirrored from Commondreams.org

5 Responses

  1. According to this post:

    link to ecowatch.com

    … the line has essentially already been drawn and crossed with the 90% completed southern leg of the pipeline from Cushing, OK to the Texas coast. Although the northern leg would facilitate getting the tar sands crude to Cushing, there are already less optimal means to get it there. If the go-ahead decision on the southern leg is not reversed, then it’s game over regardless of the decision on the northern portion.

  2. A few posts ago I left a comment linking to a Counterpunch article about how the Obama Administration has re-written Administrative and Agency rules to greenlight and redball a whole spider-webwork of pipelines leading from the tar sands, “around” the Keystone XL Northern Half proposal area, and linking up to the northern end of Keystone Southern Half or to other pipelines going right straight to refineries and/or coastal ports.
    Obama will keep tactically delaying decision on “Keystone Northern Half” as part of his strategy of tricking the 350 activists into thinking stopping Keystone matters, and diverting their attention from the Huge Pipeline Web Workaround which Obama is assisting various oil companies in getting built. Once Obama is satisfied that the other workaround-pipelines are able to carry as much oil as Keystone Northern Half would have carried, then he will announce that it is “cancelled” and the 350 activists will be allowed to congratulate themselves on their “victory”.

    • Many antiwar supporters congratulated themselves on their victory in 2008 and accepted Obama’s escalation in Afghanistan as a war of necessity without realizing they had also been tricked.

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