Tomorrow one of the top lobbyists for the the Keystone XL oil pipeline will be meeting President Barack Obama in the White House.
This particular lobbyist gets special access for one reason only: because he also happens to be the Prime Minister of Canada. Prime Minister Harper will technically be in town for a “state visit”, but we know from multiple sources that Keystone XL and the tar sands will be high on his agenda when he meets Obama.1
So we’re mobilizing to greet Prime Minister Harper just as we would any other lobbyist for dirty oil: with a fired up crowd, chants, banners, and a crystal-clear message. Which is to say: a BIG rally is planned at the Canadian Embassy Wednesday at 10:30 to 11:30 am, and you should come join the fun.
Harper has a big say in the long term future of the tar sands, and it’s critical that we send him a message that we will continue to work to stop Keystone XL and any other tar sands project. Can you make it tomorrow?
Here are the details:
What: Rally to Greet Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
When: Wednedsay December 7th 10:30-11:30 AM
Where: Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
Click here to get more info and RSVP on Facebook
One of the main reasons that we were able to score a temporary victory against the Keystone XL pipeline was because we made sure that people were waiting to greet President Obama with banners and chants everywhere he went. He knew that the movement to stop the Keystone XL pipeline was widespread and deeply committed.
Now, we need to show the same commitment for Prime Minister Harper. Our friends at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and the Sierra Club are taking the lead in organizing the rally, and will be bringing a giant, 20-foot banner that says “Canada: We Don’t Want Your Dirty Oil!”
All you need to bring is yourself and hopefully a friend or two. So take an early lunch and join a great crew at the Canadian Embassy tomorrow — it’s a vital moment to keep the pressure on.
Duncan Meisel for the crew Tar Sands Action and 350.org
1. “Canada’s PM suggest politics behind pipeline delay” AP, December 3, 2011.