Media Advisory Aug.

30, 2011 CONTACTS:

Minneapolis: Erick Boustead, 612 968 4707, Washington, D.C.: Jamie Henn, 415-601-9337, 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 WHEN: 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, Aug. 30, 2011

WHERE: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave S. Minneapolis WHAT: When President Obama arrives at the Minneapolis Convention Center he will be greeted by several dozen Minnesotans with a 20-foot banner that reads: ³Pres. Obama, Yes You Can Stop the Tar Sands XL Pipeline.´ The rally comes as protests against the pipeline continue at the White House where more than 500 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 the 2012 election. Notable figures such as author and environmentalist Bill McKibben, former Chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality and founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council Gus Speth, and NASA climatologist James Hansen have already been arrested at the White House in opposition to the pipeline. VISUALS: Several dozen people with a 20-foot sign reading, ³President Obama, Yes You Can Stop the Tar Sands XL Pipeline." WHY: President Obama will decide later this year on TransCanada¶s permit for the Keystone XL 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 sands creates 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 donate money 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.

For more information about the Tar Sands Action, and to see a calendar of featured spokespeople and delegations from across the country visit


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