Protest Obama’s Fast Track Of Tar Sands Oil Pipeline

March 23rd, 2012 by David Leland Hyde Leave a reply »

Tell President Obama: We need clean energy solutions, not tar sands oil…

President Obama’s decision to fast-track the southern piece of the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline was the wrong one. Take action today.

America needs a clean energy future that protects clean water, public health, and the environment–not more oil addiction and the destruction that it brings. We were deeply disappointed in President Obama’s energy speech that announced a plan to fast-track the southern piece of the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline through Texas and Oklahoma.

Tar sands oil is not the solution to our energy problems. It won’t lower the price of gas, won’t free us from foreign oil, and will put our land and water at further risk from oil spills. President Obama listened the last time we spoke to him about the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline–so it’s time for us to get his attention once again. Tell the President: This decision is the wrong way to go. We need clean energy solutions, not dirty tar sands oil. Green transportation options, support for electric vehicles, and more fuel-efficient automobiles will all help us break our addiction to oil. It’s up to people like you to remind President Obama that these are the types of real solutions his administration would be wise to pursue.

Fast-tracking this export tar sands pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma to Port Arthur, Texas is the wrong decision. It affects real people who have a right to keep their property, air, and water clean and safe. Raising Midwestern gas prices, helping the richest oil companies get richer, and violating the rights of landowners across Texas and Oklahoma is reversing progress.

Stand up against Big Oil today, and tell President Obama: Texas and Oklahoma are not sacrifice zones. We need you to fight for clean energy, not fast-track this tar sands pipeline. Oil contributes more to climate disruption than any other fossil fuel, and tar sands oil is the dirtiest of all of Big Oil’s energy schemes. It’s also a threat to clean water–the last Keystone pipeline from Canada through the U.S. averaged an oil spill a month in its first year. Put simply, there is no room in our clean energy future for tar sands oil. That’s why, from our headquarters to our organizers and volunteers on the ground, the Sierra Club is committed to fighting every inch of this oil pipeline.

Remind President Obama that he promised us clean energy, not tar sands oil and an export pipeline. Tell the President it’s time to stand up to Big Oil. We need him to reject this and other tar sands oil pipelines and to tell the American people the truth: This oil pipeline will raise gas prices in the Midwest, take landowners’ property without their permission and threaten clean water, all to provide oil to refineries that will export the finished product, not lower our gas prices. It’s up to us to break this dirty cycle and remind him of his clean energy promises.

Thanks for all you do for our environment,

Michael Marx
Sierra Club Beyond Oil Director

P.S. After you take action, be sure to forward this alert to your friends and colleagues.



  1. pj says:

    Thanks man. This decision is almost too disgusting for words… as far as I’m concerned it borders on criminal negligence.

  2. Hi PJ, He’s merely pandering to what he believes is the popular view on the issue. He claims everyone is for it. Of course everyone is for it after Big Oil has spent millions and billions TV brainwashing the populace that it will be good for “jobs” and “the economy” and not disruptive to people’s health or the environment.

  3. pj says:

    Yeah, well I’ve about had it with that guy… and I’ll stop now before this turns into a rant about clueless high office holders…

  4. Thanks for returning, PJ. I won’t take the bait either, except only so far as to say that I feel Obama has broken clean energy promises and other campaign promises. But look at the alternative potential presidents…pretty scary.

  5. pj says:

    Looks like the Arctic is fair game for drilling too:

    Clueless is too polite a term.

  6. I’m sure it will get worse before it gets better. Until “we, the people,” finally see disasters big enough to ruin the whole planet and become more creative in how we choose to develop jobs. There are far more jobs in clean energy sources than in pipelines, but in the name of jobs in these days of desperation and ignorance we’ll take anything including a poke in the eye, as they say.

  7. Mark says:

    I don’t like everything that he is doing, but I think what the last 3 years has shown us is that in the climate of Washington, if you don’t have 100% control, you end up making a lot of compromises. Let’s face it, the human race doesn’t have what it takes to really come together about this stuff. It isn’t Obama’s fault – we would be in a much worse position today should another ideology take control. Maybe with the extreme weather events becoming more and more probable, people will start to wake up, including those in office to make the really tough decisions. The thing that grinds so deep with me is how all the other species that are going to suffer because of our lack of the ability to take our heads out of the sand.

  8. Isn’t that it, Mark? While Washington waffles, there’s a holocaust going on that few acknowledge. The many affected species are already suffering, not to mention hidden human health effects that are far more extensive and deadly than we ever measure because our health care system focuses on symptoms.

  9. Greg Russell says:

    Thanks for posting this, David. I was shocked when I saw that Obama fast-tracked this project.

    As caretakers of the Earth, we face questions of higher responsibility than economic development, or short-term energy gain. A shame those in Washington (as well as elsewhere) don’t get that…

  10. Hi Greg, thanks for your input. The problem is that Big Oil is still seeking short-term gain. It is the nature of their industry. If Big Business would start talking about long-term prosperity, the nature of the political debate and the public conversation would change too. I am sad to say that’s the way it is these days. The people no longer lead. Industry calls the shots because they have more power than the people do now since the people have abdicated their power through complacency, lack of education and laziness. Corporate America also controls the money and the media and they own the political process. Most people know this on some level, but they don’t realize how sinister it is or dangerous it is to our health and well being.

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