Video release: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Challenges Pres. Obama to Stop Keystone XL

News — the tar sands action team November 3, 2011 at 11:11 am
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.” Contact: Jamie Henn, 415-601-9337, jamie@tarsandsaction.org Daniel Kessler, 510-501-1779, danieljkessler@gmail.com
  1. Climate Hawk says:

    Wow, two thumbs up for this video clip. While I admire and appreciate all the celebrities who’ve joined our cause and used their clout making videos, I think Julia Louis-Dreyfus just put them all in the shade. Very impressive

    • Captain Reality says:

      It is very nice for granola muching celeberties to say No to the pipeline–it is also reality that they have enough money and freedoms that they do not have to worry where they get their oil to power their Escalades. USA needs this oil and it will also provide many jobs and spin-off benefits. If everyone rode a bike then No to the pipeline but that is NOT the case. Grow up and find better means to make the pipeline safer.

      Montgomery is awesome!

      Montgomery triangle is awesome!

  2. SRL says:

    Very impressive — so positive!

    • Mike says:

      I have to assume that this actor also rides a bike around. We need oil and where are we going to get it? Middle East over Canada?? Yeah, thehy love us in the middle east–remember 911?

      Why is Montgomery awesome?

    • Mike says:

      I have to assume that this actor also rides a bike around. We need oil and where are we going to get it? Middle East over Canada?? Yeah, thehy love us in the middle east–remember 911?

      Why is Montgomery awesome?

  3. smbiva says:

    gee, if we talk to this corporate shill in a really really nice way, maybe he’ll see we’re his friends and he won’t shit on us like he did the dozens of times before… Don’t worry, come the elections, he’ll be there with a bouquet of roses… Yeah, if I were him I’d be laughing, too.

    • Drew peacock says:

      Obama is soft, he wont touch keystone pipeline which should obviosly go threw. We need that dirty Duck killin canadian oil. Not!!! Elaine and kramar should go to the oilsands

    • Drew peacock says:

      Obama is soft, he wont touch keystone pipeline which should obviosly go threw. We need that dirty Duck killin canadian oil. Not!!! Elaine and kramar should go to the oilsands

  4. zoidie says:

    Awesome Vid. Thanks Elaine! ;)

  5. Tiredofthis says:

    Great get this stopped……… Let Canada build their own refineries, sell their “dirty” finished product to China. Leave all the jobs in their country.

    We can get our product from other places. Or maybe build more nuclear plants (they don’t hurt the environment LOL). Or more wind farms they only kill 100000 or more birds and bats each year, plus when their storage batteries life expire we can just bury them in our land fill …..so what if they pollute it with mercury etc.

    Oh by the way when you are done protesting be sure to walk or bicycle home (can’t burn the fuel on buses, cars or airplanes) to your non fossil fuel heated/cooled homes that are solar run. Store your used up batteries on your own land so you don’t harm your neighbours.

    However just one small point to make technically the oil you want to ban is from the “oil sands” tar sand is an incorrect media name so not sure who you are trying to stop.

    Seriously go for it and do get it stopped the average Canadian don’t want you to have it either.

  6. John Pelsang says:

    Oil… Unfortunately we cannot live without it, but to put a pipeline over the Ogallala Aquifer, a life sustaining water source used for 30 percent of US, is plain absurd.

    Oil tar sands out of Canada already equate to 7-10 percent of global air pollution on an annual basis, have devastated the Alberta’s habitat and wildlife, and turned ponds/rivers into toxic waste dumps; put in a pipeline and that same good fortune that Alberta has can be brought to your neighborhood.

    Supporters of the pipeline will argue the merits of a large source of jobs that bolsters the US economy and perhaps a reduction of imported oil, but I ask, what is the true cost?

    • Mr_tontokowalski says:

      Devasted Alberta’s habitat and wildlife? Can I buy some pot from you? As an Albertan, I can assure you the nature in this province is pristine. Ms. Dreyfuss has been to Banff to be sure and can let you know if this is “devestated”. You are a fool. Your own country has been devestaed by your own actions, John. Ever swim in NY East river? The mighty Colorado river is but a piss trickle at its termination. Say, what is that cloud hanging over Angelinos? And if you believe that a relatively small portion of Alberta that OILsands is concentrated in is producing 7-10 % of GLOBAL air pollution your ignorance is complete. I would say 340 million Americans driving there cars and living a consumer throwaway lifestyle generate what 25-30% of annual output. Yes I made that figure up, but if you can I can. Pull your head out of your ass and think with some realism.

  7. Fretpeeler says:

    A little known fact is that Julia is lucky to be the eldest daughter of billionaire Gerard Louis-Dreyfus, chairman of the Louis Dreyfus Energy Services. She will inherit $3 Billion when Daddy dies.
    This pipeline will create 20000 jobs. While the country has the highest unemployment in the past 30 years, the little princess here is telling the country that they should all “eat cake”. What does she have to worry about? Like Al Gore she has all the money necessary to preach and not practice.

  8. Shaw says:

    Montgomery triangle is a beautiful riverfront community in northwest calgary, it is has large lots with little bungalows, the homes are older but are rapidily being replaced by high end infills. That is why ze montgomery triangle is awesome!

  9. drew peacock says:

    Oilsands are great and montgomery is awesome!!

  10. Drew peacock says:

    Montgomery is awesome!!,

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