The notorious tar sands in Alberta, Canada have long been a source of contention for environmentalists, and rightfully so: Due to the destruction wrought by extracting the oil from the sands and the carbon-intensive refinement processes, this oil is often considered the dirtiest on earth. And we're about to have 900,000 barrels of it flowing through the US every day, through the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. That is, unless Obama takes the advice of the No Tar Sands campaign, and shuts it down.The Huffington Post has the details:
The pipeline would run from Canada through six US states, to Gulf Coast refineries. Activists are concerned that public water supplies, crops, and wildlife habitats will be at risk when 900,000 barrels a day of dirty oil are transported across our country's heartland.The fact that this tar sands oil pipeline is something of a harbinger for things to come makes the campaign all the more urgent: As oil stores around the world dry up and offshore drilling becomes more and more dangerous, we'll see more reliance on harmful tar sands oil. But instead of continually ratcheting up the risks associated with squeezing every last drop of oil out of the planet, perhaps it's time to take a stand -- and tell the administration to start seriously supporting clean forms of energy.
According to the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund, the President and US Department have the power to require an additional Environmental Impact Assessment. Members of Congress and the EPA have already requested this measure be taken.
The ad campaign will feature TV ads on CNN, MSNBC, and Comedy Central ... The No Tar Sands Oil Campaign is sponsored by an overwhelming number of groups, including Corporate Ethics International, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, and Rainforest Action Network.