ACT: Tell the State Dept. to Stop the Tar Sands Pipeline

Tomorrow, July 2nd, is the deadline for public comments on the Keystone XL pipeline that could bring 900,000 barrels of tar sands to American refineries each day. Tar sands are the dirtiest fuel we use, creating 3 times the greenhouse gases as conventional oil, contaminating entire rivers and watersheds from leaking toxic tailings lakes and devastating an area of Canada the size of Florida.

Last August, the State Department approved the permit for the pipeline, but they opened up the process to receive comments from the public.  From the perspective of the State Department, this pipeline is in the public interest, bringing in oil and jobs.  However, they fail to fully account for the massive impact that tar sands oil has on the climate, the pollution created by refining tar sands into gasoline and the danger the pipeline poses to landowners and communities along the pipeline route.

The good news is that public opposition is rally to stop the pipeline.  A week ago, 50 members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urging the State Department not to rush the permit through.  At a public hearing at the State Department on Tuesday, over 80 people showed up to provide comment.  Although Brian Duggan, the moderator of the hearing, noted that “the oil industry got up real early this morning, so their names are the first 20 on my list,” he alternated between speakers from the oil industry and groups opposed to the pipeline.

According to Sarah Murphy, who attended the hearing, approximately two-thirds to three quarters of the people attending the hearing opposed the pipeline.  “At one point lobbyist from a trucking group testified and in his eyes I saw nothing but giant dollar signs,” she said.  “From what I witnessed at the hearing today, its obvious that the dirty energy lobbyists care about only one thing- money.”

Please take five minutes to submit a comment to the State Department, urging them to stop the Keystone XL pipeline.  They are required to read every comment, and we need to show them that the American public opposes this project.  For ideas on what to include in your comments check out dirtyoilsands.org and Pubic Citizen in Texas, where most of the refineries would be located.

4 Responses to “ACT: Tell the State Dept. to Stop the Tar Sands Pipeline”


  1. 1 Quiet-Environmentalist Jul 1st, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    If the Petition does not work the world, not just America needs to stand up against the tar sands of Canada. As you pointed out it is a disgusting source of energy both in local and gloabl pollution. We need direct action against this. The loss of land is as you said the size of Florida, or England. Are we really going to destroy a piece of land the size of a country with 60 Million people? Just unbelievable the destruction that oil brings to our planet. Big oil needs to be stopped(with force if needs be)!

  2. 2 nickengelfried Jul 1st, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    I just sent in my comment!

  3. 3 afrench Jul 2nd, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Youth and others in the Great Plains are doing some awesome organizing around this- from North Dakota on down to Nebraska.

    Look for more posts soon on the Keystone XL and the fight to stop it!!!

  4. 4 afrench Jul 2nd, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    oh, and thanks juliana for the great post and call to some action!

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About Juliana


Juliana Williams grew up in Washington state and began organizing at Whitman College in 2004, working to get her campus to purchase renewable energy. She volunteered with the Sierra Student Coalition and help found the Cascade Climate Network. Following that, she lived in Iowa for two years, working as the SSC's Great Plains Organizer with amazing students in MN, IA, MO, NE and SD. After working with the Breakthrough Institute she is now pursuing her Master of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. She is an avid ultimate player, plays string bass and spends way too much time on wikipedia.

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