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PSR tells the White House: Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline

Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on 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 pipeline. 

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 parallel lines. 

PSR representatives came from Oregon, New Mexico, Iowa, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. 

Peter 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.

“We simply cannot continue in this direction and survive.”  

Read tomorrow’s blog for more on the Keystone rally participants and their messages.

Comments

Corrine Jones said ..

Instead of building pipelines for oil, we should build pipelines to convey water from flooded areas of our country to drought areas out west. The design and construction would certainly make jobs for engineers and construction workers.

September 12, 2014
Bob Packett said ..

Why pipe this toxic material from Canada only to polute our country and then the world. The US will not get this oil, it is destined for Asia.

December 21, 2011
Chance Massaro said ..

The only people to benefit from this ridiculous project are the heads of corporations. Everyone else, from Central Alberta to the gulf coast will lose after ten years. Think about it....

December 21, 2011
Amanda Petel said ..

Just say No to the Pipeline. Think about our future generations!

December 20, 2011
Anonymous said ..

No Pipeline!

December 20, 2011
Douglas J. Ward said ..

NO DIRTY OIL!!

December 20, 2011
Gillian Miller said ..

If a fraction of the money spent on looking for oil was spent on alternative energy research and supporting that already being used, then we can help slow down global warming, create new jobs and remove dependency on fossil fuels.

December 20, 2011
nancy cohen, m.d. said ..

There are also safety issues with the pipe itself, possibly causing fires. Please see Truthout.org recent article.

December 20, 2011
Dorothy & Lloyd Stivers said ..

We speak with the PSR people that all efforts be made to stop the building of the Keystone XL pipeline. It will be but a few miles from our front door. The dangers are too great for all our citizens

December 20, 2011
Esther Levy said ..

This pipeline would be a mistake that will have repercussions for many years beyond our lifetimes. Please say no. We need clean energy and need to be independent of oil.

December 20, 2011

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