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."
It doesn't matter.
Ever since the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline exploded three and half years ago, that's been the argument from the project's liberal supporters. Sure, the oil that Keystone would carry from the Alberta tar sands is three to four times more greenhouse-gas-intensive than conventional crude. But that's not on Keystone XL, we're told. Why? Because if TransCanada isn't able to build Keystone to the south, then another pipeline will be built to the west or east. Or that dirty oil will be transported by rail. But make no mistake, we have long been assured: all that carbon buried beneath Alberta's boreal forest will be mined no matter what the president decides.
In a recent CBC radio interview on the politics show The House, Gary Doer, Canada's ambassador to the United States, discussed Republican gains in the recent U.S. mid-term election. He predicted that a Republican-controlled U.S. Senate will likely vote to endorse the Keystone XL pipeline by amending an energy efficiency bill. Keystone XL, if then also approved by U.S. President Barack Obama, would transport diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands south through the U.S. to Gulf Coast refineries and ports.
It was a dramatic scene in the Senate this week. As Sen. Elizabeth Warren, presiding, announced the defeat of the Keystone XL pipeline, a Crow Creek Sioux man from South Dakota sang out in the Senate gallery. A massive people's climate movement against extracting some of the dirtiest oil on the planet had prevailed ... at least for now.
It was a Democrat, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, representing oil interests, who tried to push the pipeline through. She hoped its passage would help her in the Dec. 6 runoff election against her challenger, Congressman Bill Cassidy, who sponsored a similar bill in the House. The Republicans have promised to reintroduce the bill when they take control of the Senate in January.