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Protest turns up heat on Keystone tar sands pipeline at Obama dinner
by Takver - Climate IMC
Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 8:46 AM
Over 1000 people are reported to have turned up to keep climate change action in the spotlight and to greet President Barack Obama at a $32,500-per-person dinner in Pacific Heights, San Fransisco, to keep the pressure on for him to reject the Keystone XL pipeline proposal which would see tar sands oil flow from Alberta Canada to the Texas refineries on the Gulf Coast.
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The protest even includied a brass band (youtube video), to provide a festival atmosphere.

President Obama was attending a Democratic party fundraising dinner function at the Getty Mansion, home of Ann and Gordon Getty. Earlier he attended a $5000 per person fundraising cocktail reception put on by billionaire Tom Steyer, where he said "Despite a very aggressive agenda on the other side to block action, we've been able to double fuel-efficiency standards on cars, we've been able to take mercury out of our air, we have been able to reduce carbon emissions in this country," according to a Reuters report. Although he never mentioned the Kestone pipeline, he repeatedly mentioned the need to address climate change, "We've got more work to do in terms of dealing with climate change and making sure that we've got an economy that is energy-efficient," Obama said.

This last week there were two substantial oil spills associated with the tar sands: a train derailment in Minnesota spilled 15,000 gallons of tar sands oil, and in Mayflower, Arkansas there was a major ExxonMobil pipeline leak in a residential community requiring 22 homes to be evacuated. See Tar Sands Blockade Reports: Dispatches From Exxon's Spill Zone | Massive Spill from Train Derailment in MN Confirmed as Carrying Toxic Tar Sands.

Friends of the Earth campaigner Ross Hammond took his two sons to the protest in Pacific heights. He described in a statement before the protest his dis-satisfaction with the State Department review of the Keystone pipeline, "The State Department's handling of the environmental review process for the pipeline has been severely corrupted by the undue influence of TransCanada and the oil companies who stand to win big from this boondoggle. The president alone has the power to kill this destructive pipeline once and for all. We need him to stand up for our kids and the climate instead of giving another gift to the oil industry."

One of the organisers of the protest, Becky Bond the Political Director of CREDO Action, said "The American people want President Obama to stand on the right side of history and take the real action he promised on climate change by rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, The only oil Americans will ever see from the pipeline that benefits foreign oil companies is the dirty tar sands crude that spills from it. Over 1,000 Obama volunteers, voters and donors turned out in San Francisco to remind our president that his legacy will be judged harshly if he approves Keystone XL. And we have over 50,000 more Americans from every state of the union willing to risk arrest in peaceful civil disobedience to stop him making the most catastrophic decision of his presidency."

Credo Action have an online Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance for people to take non-violent civil disobedience if Keystone is approved by Obama. Over 53,000 people have so far made this pleadge.

Michael Brune, Sierra Club executive director, released the following statement:

"Americans understand the connection between the president's decision on Keystone and the safety of our homes, our drinking water, and the health of our children. The Arkansas tar sands disaster demonstrates that our backyards are threatened by the very presence of dirty, dangerous crude oil pipelines. Americans are showing up by the thousands to tell the president in person: you must be bold on climate; you must reject Keystone XL."

Sources:

  • Image of No Keystone pipeline crowd outside the Getty Mansion, Sanfransisco - Photo by Credo Action. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

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Whatever the propaganda and paid for lies of the Oil Monopolies, they are hiding the fact that the present Tar Sands Project in Canada is diminishing the supply of oxygen in our atmosphere (already gone by 38-40 percent to CO2 that we cannot live on) by the burning of fossil fuels. In fact truth be known the situation is in crisis as the Oxygen is not being replaced by nature in a positive amount.

That is because society motivated by coal, gas, oil, and atomic energy is destroying oxygen twenty-four seven year around and cascading carbon-dioxide replacement at such a rate into the atmosphere that the oxygen is literally disappearing from the atmosphere.

Scientists in Canada who through their research discover such truths are being fired by the Oil Magnates and the Conservative PM Harper even though the scientists are trying to stop this pipeline and the Kinder Morgan Pipeline to the West Coast.

They also are being fired by unjust austerity for finding that the arctic and other waterways are being sickened with toxic chemical spillage wherever Tar Sands and other pipeline leaks take place disrupting the ecological organic balances of the web-of-life, such as air, land, and waterways.

Should the Project take place it will only speed up the extinquishment of the remaining oxygen and thereby threaten the already mode of fail-safe into a final mode of 'No Return' Globally..

End pollution wars, not endless wars for more and more pollution. You yet have a world to win.!! Workers of the world unite!! Re-tool the industrial revolution to the renewables such as wind, tidal, and solar power, that transforms to electricity, and will allow mother nature to again restore the oxygen supply to a plus de position so the viable life will come back to the planet.

Great demos are happening in Canada ( Idle No More) and the United States and around the world. Viva socialist liberation.!!
by ntuit
Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 7:37 PM
Fukushima & Washington's Hanford Nuclear Waste Site.

Soon we will all know the path our so-called leaders have led us down. They have been re-elected over and over and over again. Why are people so intent on denial? This is their own doom and the doom of those who know better as well. Well, it was kind of ok while it lasted.
by Zachary RunningWolf
( runningwolf.zachary @yahoo.com ) Tuesday Apr 9th, 2013 9:02 AM
We all want to have our cake and eat it also but we are soo far down the road that is NOT possible because the Beast (Obombma now North Korea and the Oil companies will not Stop or back Alternative energies). We need to show them through boycotting personal Car usage that we can. It just in luck that there is such an Avenue and it is the fourth annual 9-11 4 day boycott of personal car use, see http://www.stopdriving.org for details and ways to help.