For Immediate Release
August 31, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) - The Council of Canadians, the Indigenous Environmental Network and Greenpeace Canada presented a letter addressed to Ambassador Gary Doer at the Canadian embassy in Washington, D.C. today demanding an end to lobbying in favour of the Keystone XL pipeline.
"Ambassador Doer has publicly recognized he is actively lobbying for Keystone XL," says Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, who will be present to help deliver the letter. "To pitch the tar sands as the answer to American energy security ignores the destruction [it creates] and turns away from the sustainable energy future Canada and the U.S. need."
WASHINGTON, DC - The iconic Canadian actors Margot Kidder and a Tantoo Cardinal were arrested Tuesday morning at 11:30 a.m. in Washington, D.C. as part of an ongoing sit-in at the White House to pressure President Barack Obama to deny the permit for a massive new tar sands oil pipeline.
"I can't think of a more important place to be," said Kidder, who is best known for her role as Lois Lane in four of the original Superman movies. "President Obama has the chance here to do the right thing and stop this pipeline. I'm here to help make sure he does it."
Stephen Harper surprised and upset fans and adversaries alike when asked what he would do if the U.S. administration said no to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. "You don't take no for an answer," replied Harper. Elaborating, the prime minister described himself as an optimist, and said he believed the case for approval was overwhelming.
Harper's live television discussion with CNNBC reporter Maria Bartiromo was hosted by the Canadian American Business Council in New York. It took place during the opening session of the UN General Assembly, which the Conservative leader chose not to address.
Last week, far out in the Arctic Ocean, the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise approached a Russian oil-drilling platform and launched a nonviolent protest, with several protesters scaling the side of the platform. They wanted to draw attention to a dangerous precedent being set. The platform, the Prirazlomnaya, owned by Russian gas giant Gazprom, is the first to begin oil production in the dangerous, ice-filled waters of the Arctic. The Russian government responded swiftly and with force, deploying special-forces soldiers, their faces masked by balaclavas, threatening the peaceful Greenpeace activists with automatic weapons, destroying their inflatable boats by slashing them, arresting 30 and towing the Greenpeace ship to the northern Russian port of Murmansk.