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June 23, 2011

How to Oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline

Protest megaphone This week, prominent environmentalists including Bill McKibben and Wendell Berry issued an open letter opposing the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline proposal. Their group, Tar Sands Action, is calling on Americans to protest the pipeline by marching on the White House throughout August, during the weeks leading up to the approval deadline.

The pipeline, which would deliver oil from Canada to Texas, cuts straight through the Ogalalla Aquifer, one of North America's central water sources. And despite using state-of-the-art technology, pipelines like the Keystone XL have a history of leaking several times per year. The Sierra Club has covered the proposal's potentially disastrous repercussions before, but Obama, Clinton, and other members of the executive branch have been reluctant to prohibit it because of industry pressure and high oil prices.

The letter calls for a peaceful form of civil disobedience, and for activists to dress in business attire (“this is serious business”). If you’re going to be in Washington. D.C. toward the end of the summer, consider signing up for the rallies. They're important.

--Mimi Dwyer

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