Earlier this week, Obama revealed that he was at least considering delaying or denying the Keystone XL, the controversial pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast. His hesitance to approve the pipeline is no doubt thanks the enormous tide of opposition that has risen up against it. From every green group on the books to impacted indigenous peoples to a cadre of outspoken celebrity activists, the opponents of Keystone XL have been gaining momentum indeed.
The latest and perhaps most unexpected celebrity to come out swinging at the Obama administration is Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the actress most famous for playing Elaine on Seinfeld. She's recorded a video with the Tar Sands Action campaign asking Obama to turn down the proposed pipeline, and has announced that she'll be attending the massive protest at the White House in Washington D.C. this weekend. Watch:
Julia Louis-Dreyfus brings a new kind of energy to the tar sands protest by joining the fray here. Not to detract from the efforts of Robert Redford, Daryl Hannah, Danny Glover, or any of the other celebrity activists that routinely do admirable work in this sphere, but I'm glad we're seeing some new faces for the TV news crews to chase after at protest events. It helps raise the profile of the event, and expands the reach to a wider audience -- now Seinfeld fans will hear all about how pumping tar sands oil 1,700 miles across the U.S. is a bad idea too.
Also, I just have to say, I'm a bit shocked I made it this far without dumping any frivolous Seinfeld puns into this post, with so many good Elaine-isms to choose from. I mean, the post could have read like this from the start: "Julia Louis-Dreyfus evidently doesn't find the Keystone XL sponge-worthy, so yada, yada, yada, she's calling on Obama to stop it before that dingo eats her baby." And nobody wants that.