WASHINGTON, DC – On the eve of a 10,000 person demonstration at the White House, the Tar Sands Action campaign is releasing a video of actor Julia Louis-Dreyfus challenging President Obama to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
“Remember when President Obama said, ‘Let us be the generation that ends the tyranny of oil’? Man, that was great,” says Louis-Dreyfus in the video. “Except, I just checked, and right now , Big Oil is still pretty much running the show. But — Mr. President, — you’ve got a fabulous chance to turn that around and make good on your word!”
In an interview Tuesday, President Obama took full ownership over what has become the most important environmental question facing him before the 2012 election: whether or not to grant the necessary permit for a controversial new oil pipeline.
“Denying the permit for a brutally stupid, money-grab like the Keystone XL pipeline is a no-brainer, right Mr President?” Louis Dreyfus asks in the film.
The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would carry tar sands oil, some of the dirtiest fuel on the planet, over 1,700 miles from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The pipeline risks a BP-style oil spill over one of America’s largest sources of fresh drinking water, the Ogallala Aquifer. The nation’s top climate scientist, NASA’s Dr. James Hansen, says that fully exploiting the tar sands could mean “game over” for the climate.
Because it crosses an international border, the pipeline requires a “presidential permit” from President Obama in order to be built. The Obama Administration is expected to make a final decision on the pipeline before the end of the year.
On Sunday, nearly 10,000 people are expected to join hands around the White House in a demonstration aimed at showing President Obama he has the support he needs to stand up to Big Oil and stop the pipeline.
Louis-Dreyfus, for one, is hoping that he does the right thing. “This is a great opportunity for you, Mr President,” she concludes. “We’re counting on you to make the right call. See you at your place on November 6th.”