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PSR tells the White House: Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline
November 7, 2011
Dr. Peter Wilk speaks at the protest
We did it!
A multi-state delegation of PSR representatives joined
12,000 other like-minded people on Sunday to link arms around the White House
and send President Obama an urgent message: Don’t build the Keystone XL
The proposed pipeline would bring tar sands oil from
Alberta, Canada across the American Midwest to the Texas Gulf Coast for
export. Extraction of tar sands oil is an environmental nightmare; the
proposed pipeline poses serious risks to soil and drinking water and thus to
health; and the use of tar sands oil greatly increases the threat of
irreversible climate change.
The crowd came from all over the country and spanned
multiple age groups. When we encircled the White House, there were so
many of us where I was standing that we stood three deep and had to form three
PSR representatives came from Oregon, New Mexico, Iowa,
Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC.
Wilk, MD, PSR’s executive director, addressed the crowd in a post-encirclement
rally, saying, “Worst of all, going ahead with this pipeline and expanding tar
sands oil extraction will deepen our dependency on oil, contributing to ever
worsening climate chaos.
simply cannot continue in this direction and survive.”
tomorrow’s blog for more on the Keystone rally participants and their messages.