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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has long served as a brake on progress when it comes to creating a new economy that is fueled by renewable energy. The secretive organization (it doesn't reveal its membership) has opposed climate and energy action at every turn, and now it has its sights on the Keystone XL pipeline, a controversial proposed 1700 mile-long pipeline that would carry bitumen from Canada's tar sands all the way to Texas.
To get its way, the Chamber has launched its Partnership to Fuel America, which is "comprised of American businesses and industries that understand the need for more energy in the United States and believe that Canada's significant resources can help achieve that goal."
No one is against new energy; it's the climate damaging, often spilling, and big time polluting fossil fuels that people have a beef with.
350.org has been pushing back hard against the Chamber's dangerous intransigence. For the past year, they've been turning up the heat on the Chamber, and last month they launched this clever Harry Potter-themed website that neatly reveals the organization's "Chamber of Secrets."
Starting on August 20th, 350.org founder Bill McKibben and others will make more noise than the Chamber ever could by beginning two weeks of action at the White House designed to persuade President Obama to say no to the Keystone XL pipeline.