Aug. 30, 2011CONTACTS:
Minneapolis: Erick Boustead,612 968 4707, firstname.lastname@example.orgWashington, D.C.: Jamie Henn,415-601-9337, email@example.com
Tar Sands Pipeline Opponents Will Greet Obama in Minnesota Tomorrow
Opposition to Controversial Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Spreads Across Country; Over 500 Arrested in D.C. Over Issue
8:30 a.m. tomorrow, Aug. 30, 2011
Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave S. Minneapolis
When President Obama arrives at the Minneapolis Convention Center he will begreeted by several dozen Minnesotans with a 20-foot banner that reads: ³Pres. Obama, Yes YouCan Stop the Tar Sands XL Pipeline.´The rally comes as protests against the pipeline continue at the White House where more than500 people have already been arrested in a rolling 15-day sit-in that started on August 20.The controversial 1,700-mile pipeline project would carry tar sands oil from Canada to the U.S.and has become the most important environmental decision facing President Obama before the2012 election. Notable figures such as author and environmentalist Bill McKibben, former Chairman of theU.S. Council on Environmental Quality and founder of the Natural Resources Defense CouncilGus Speth, and NASA climatologist James Hansen have already been arrested at the WhiteHouse in opposition to the pipeline.
Several dozen people with a 20-foot sign reading, ³President Obama, Yes You CanStop the Tar Sands XL Pipeline."
President Obama will decide later this year on TransCanada¶s permit for the KeystoneXL tar sands pipeline, which will send 900,000 barrels a day of the world¶s dirtiest oil to U.S.refineries, allowing further development of the Alberta tar sands. Mining oil from tar sandscreates three times more carbon emissions than conventional oil extraction.³It will be increasingly difficult to mobilize the environmental base and to mobilize in particular young people to volunteer, to knock on thousands of doors, to put in 16-hour days, to donatemoney if they don¶t think the president is showing the courage to stand up to big polluters,´Mike Brune, the Executive Director of the Sierra Club,told reporters last week.