Tar sands: Yes we can

November 5, 2011 | 1:10 am | , Solutions Associate

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There aren’t many things better than Sundays in the fall. Football is on TV, it’s a beautiful time to be outside and Sundays are the perfect opportunity to spend time with family after an always-hectic summer. But this Sunday is different. This Sunday, November 6, thousands of people are gathering at the White House in Washington, D.C. to show President Obama that the Keystone XL pipeline is not in our national interest.

We’ve been talking about tar sands and the Keystone XL pipeline for some months now, but it is worth repeating. The Keystone XL pipeline would transport dirty tar sands oil from Canada’s once pristine boreal forests through America’s heartland to the oil refineries in Texas. In case this isn’t bad enough, tar sands oil is dirtier than even conventional oil, and it poses so grave a threat to our future that one leading scientist called the pollution from tar sands “game over” for our climate.

That’s why I’m asking you to take a few hours out of your Sunday to join the thousands of teachers, actors, union workers, activists, grandparents, toddlers and so many more who are holding hands in solidarity around the White House. The tar sands oil this pipeline would carry us two steps backward for our communities, our country, and our climate. We don’t want or need a dirty tar sands pipeline; and this Sunday, we’ll remind President Obama that he can stop it.