Big Announcement Today

Uncategorized — the tar sands action team November 10, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

There’s going to be a big announcement this afternoon about the Keystone XL pipeline, happening within the next hour.

We’re going to have an official reaction soon. Follow @tarsandsaction for updates on Twitter.

Media, please grab Daniel and Jamie’s contact info on the press page and give us a ring.

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Bill on Democracy Now!

Uncategorized — the tar sands action team November 8, 2011 @ 3:00 am

Check out this great video of Bill McKibben on Democracy Now! It’s got some beautiful footage of the rally and clips of President Obama addressing the pipeline question directly:

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Reaction to Inspector General Investigation of State Department's Keystone XL Review

Uncategorized — the tar sands action team November 7, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

In response to the State Department’s inspector general decision to conduct a “special review” of the department’s analysis of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, Bill McKibben, who helped to lead yesterday’s 12,000 person ally outside the White House, said:

“It’s good to see the administration beginning to listen to responsible lawmakers, and we look forward to the results of this inquiry about the warped environmental review process. But it’s important to understand that the process has always been the smaller of our objections. while we’ve been dismayed by the corrupt conduct of the state department, our real problem has from the start been the fact that these tar sands are the second largest pool of carbon on earth. Since the State Department didn’t even bother to study that global warming question, the only real answer is to send this back for a whole new review — or, better yet, for the President to simply back up his campaign promises and deny the permit outright.

“Everyone should know that this will only encourage people across America to step up the tar sands fight. We’re headed to Obama offices across the country, including his headquarters in Chicago and in all the swing states, with the same message: President Obama promised to fight for the climate and now without Congress in the way, he can actually do it.”

Tar Sands Action is planning a large demonstration at OFA headquarters in Chicago on Nov. 16.

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The Big Day: Let's Go #Surround the White House

Uncategorized — the tar sands action team November 6, 2011 @ 9:07 am

It’s time.

Thousands of people are waking up across the District of Columbia this morning and a preparing to head down to the White House to join hands with one another and stand up to the Keystone XL pipeline. It’s going to be an incredible event and a great step forward for this growing movement.

Last night, around 500 people packed into a church up in Columbia Heights for an evening of speeches, music, and (most importantly) planning for the weeks and months ahead. One thing is already clear from our time in DC: this pipeline has lit a spark amongst everyday folks across the country. Farmers in Texas are planning direct actions in case the pipeline is built, students in North Carolina and Ohio are preparing to make sure that their important electoral states swing “no” against Keystone XL, and more. As the evening continued, more and more buses of people showed up. And more are still coming in this morning.

It’s going to be very good day for the 99% of us who aren’t an executive at TransCanada.

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BREAKING: In Washington Post, Admits Keystone XL Jobs are a Pipe Dream

Uncategorized — the tar sands action team November 5, 2011 @ 4:41 pm
We’re putting this press release out right now about an explosive story just published in the Washington Post. WASHINGTON — In an explosive story posted online in the Washington Post this afternoon, pipeline company TransCanada admitted that it has grossly misrepresented the number of jobs the controversial Keystone XL project would create.

The 20,000 jobs involved in pipeline construction? A fabrication supported by misleading mathematics. The 250,000 indirect jobs? A number based on one oil-industry funded study that counted jobs for “dancers, choreographers and speech therapists,” according to the Post.

“Thank heavens some reporter actually questioned this jobs number, instead of just repeating it,” said Bill McKibben, who is leading a major protest against Keystone XL this Sunday at the White House. “The only study not paid for by the pipeline company makes clear that there are no net jobs from this pipeline because it will kill as many as it will create.”

Lawmakers, Republican presidential candidates, and the media have repeated TransCanada’s claim that the Keystone XL project would create 20,000 new jobs if approved–13,000 from direct construction and 7,000 from supply manufacturers. The Post shows both numbers to be inaccurate, quoting TransCanada chief executive Russ Girling: “Girling said Friday that the 13,000 figure was ‘one person, one year,’ meaning that if the construction jobs lasted two years, the number of people employed would be only 6,500.”

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Huge Momentum for Tomorrow

Uncategorized — the tar sands action team @ 10:36 am

In just over 24 hours, thousands of us will be joining hands around the White House in the largest demonstration against the Keystone XL pipeline yet. Sunday is going to be a turning point for this campaign. What started as a small, grassroots effort to stop a pipeline has emerged as the defining environmental battle of the year.

And the good news is, it looks like we’re winning. A week ago, most analysts were telling the press that the pipeline was a shoe-in. But earlier this week, the establishment wisdom was flipped on its head when President Obama came out and not only took full ownership of the pipeline decision, but said that environmental and health concerns would be paramount. Now, articles documenting the tremors shaking the oil industry as the Keystone XL approval becomes less likely.

Make no mistake, there’s still a long way to go. Big Oil are dumping millions into misleading advertising and you can bet that pressure behind the scenes is growing. Together, we can win this fight, but it’s going to take everything we got. Tomorrow is going to be incredible … and it’s just the beginning.

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Reporters Push White House Press Secretary on Keystone XL

Uncategorized — the tar sands action team October 31, 2011 @ 6:47 pm

White House press secretary Jay Carney was pushed to come up with some answers on the Keystone XL pipeline during a press conference this afternoon at the White House. It’s a great sign of our success that the White House press pool is now pushing the President’s spokesperson on the pipeline — the message is clearly getting to the Administration that people across the country want this project stopped.

Not surprisingly, Carney tried to dodge the question and pass off the decision on Keystone XL to the State Department, saying, “This is a decision that will be made by the State Department and they are taking into … account public comment and comments certainly from experts, both environmental, as well as energy experts.” He later added, “I understand you’re trying to get me to engage in something that’s — that’s being reviewed over at the State Department, and, you know, my comments weren’t meant to address the Keystone issue.”

But we know that the real decision on Keystone XL is going to be made in the Oval Office. Here was Bill McKibben’s response to Carney’s comments:

Last week in Denver, the President reiterated his involvement in this decision, saying, ‘No decision’s been made and I know your deep concern about it, so we will address it.’ Now he wants us to believe that he’s delegating a decision that’s turned into a political flashpoint to the State Department? We’ve known from the very beginning that this decision would be made in the Oval Office–not at State, not at the EPA. It’s called a ‘Presidential Permit,’ and across the country we’ll hold him responsible for this decision. It’s time to do the right thing, not pass the buck–passing the buck has gotten us in the mess we’re in.

We’ll be driving that point home this November 6, when thousands of us surround the White House and push President Obama to live up to his promises and stop the Keystone XL pipeline. Looks like press secretary Carney should prepare for some more tough questions.

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Pres. Obama Responds to #NoKXL in Denver!

Uncategorized — 350.org Team October 26, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

Breaking news courtesy of Politico

President Obama told a heckler at a rally on Wednesday that he’s “looking at” a pipeline project that has angered the environmental community.

Protesters at Obama’s speech at the University of Colorado held a banner reading “Stop the Keystone Pipeline Project” and yelled at him. Obama paused in his speech, then said, “We’re looking at it right now.”

“No decision’s been made,” he said, acknowledging their “deep concern” about the pipeline that would go from Texas to Canada.

Obama added, “We will address it.”

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Lawmakers Request State Department Probe on Keystone XL

Uncategorized — 350.org Team @ 1:59 pm

Big news today: a group of lawmakers in the Senate and House are requesting a formal investigation into the growing #tarscandal at the State Department. The news comes as Tar Sands Action is running ads in the Washington Post, New York Times, and online calling for President Obama to stop this “environmental crime in progress.”

Along with a letter to the State Department Inspector General asking for an investigation into whether conflicts of interest have tainted the pipeline review process, the Senators sent a letter directly to President Obama citing “serious concerns” about the integrity of the review and asking the White House to withhold any decision on the project until the inspector general’s investigation is completed, made public and evaluated.

“Given the significant economic, environmental, and public health implications of the proposed pipeline, we believe that it is critical that the State Department conduct thorough, unbiased reviews of the project,” the lawmakers wrote to Deputy Inspector General Harold W. Geisel.

To read the letter to the State Department office of the inspector general, click here.

To read the letter the President Obama, click here.

A special thanks to Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who is leading this effort and who has consistently been a champion for the cause of stopping the Keystone XL. Senator Sanders has been a long time advocate on behalf of working people and the environment and this fight is no exception. As he’s pointed out again and again, the Keystone XL pipeline is not in the interest of the 99% and the United States of America.

With ads in national papers, major rallies across the US, huge crowds preparing for November 6, the State Department considering delaying a decision on the pipeline, and lawmakers launching formal inquires into the #tarscandal, the fight against Keystone XL is definitely picking up steam. Now is no time to let up. Let’s keep moving!

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Breaking: New Obama hire, Broderick Johnson, was Keystone XL Lobbyist

Uncategorized — 350.org Team October 24, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

Here’s some breaking news that we’re putting out to the media right now: 

For immediate release
Oct 24, 2011

Obama hire Broderick Johnson was Keystone XL Lobbyist; “It Stinks” Says Bill McKibben

WASHINGTON, DC — Campaigners protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline reacted with anger today to the news that the Obama campaign had hired a former lobbyist for the pipeline as a new senior advisor to the president’s 2012 re-election campaign.

Records show that Broderick Johnson lobbied Congress on the Keystone XL pipeline while working for Bryan Cave LLP, a top lobby firm in Washington, DC. During the fourth quarter of 2010, the firm spent $120,000 working on the issue. (1) Bryan Cave LLP reported earnings of $1.08 million between 2009-2011 lobbying on behalf of pipeline company TransCanada, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. (2)

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