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December 01, 2010

Major Ad Campaign Calls on Obama, Clinton to Block Keystone XL

The Sierra Club joined an international coalition of 20 major environmental groups yesterday in a major advertising push calling on President Obama to "prevent the next oil disaster" and block the Keystone XL pipeline.

The ads will run in primetime spots on CNN, MSNBC, and Comedy Central's The Daily Show and Colbert Report. In addition, the Sierra Club is running ads on Politico.com calling on Secretary Clinton to say no to the pipeline.

Tune in tonight to see the ads and tell Clinton the Keystone XL is not the right choice for America’s clean energy future.

"This toxic pipeline would put American drinking water, air, and farmland at great risk," said Sierra Club Dirty Fuels Campaign Director Kate Colarulli. "We're confident that once Americans learn about this risky foreign oil pipeline, they will join us in calling on President Obama and Secretary Clinton to stop it."

The State Department must approve a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry toxic tar sands oil from Canada across America's Midwest and into Texas, putting drinking water and farmland at risk. Fifty members of Congress, along with the EPA, DOE, and others have raised concerns about the safety of the pipeline and are calling on Secretary Clinton to require a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, which would mandate additional analysis and a chance for the public to officially comment on the new information.

In addition to threatening water and farming communities in America, the pipeline would fuel the growth of an ongoing environmental disaster in Alberta, where the tar sands is mined by clear-cutting one of the world’s largest carbon sinks, the ancient boreal forest. It would also add to the problem of climate disruption, since tar sands oil creates roughly three times the greenhouse gas emissions as conventional oil.

The emissions from building the Keystone XL would be the equivalent of 12 new coal fired power plants, or putting 6.5 million new cars on the road. Given the Obama administration's commitment to reducing carbon emissions and putting America on a clear path to a clean energy future, this pipeline represents a major step backward if approved.

The ads follow a series of events around the country earlier this month protesting Keystone XL and the release of a Sierra Club report profiling people affected by tar sands expansion.

-- Gabriel DeRita

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