Gallery: Protests Continue Against the Proposed 1,700 Mile Keystone XL ...


Canada’s tar sands have been dubbed “the most environmentally destructive project on Earth,” and guess what? Now a money-hungry oil company wants to transport that crude acidic oil thousands of miles south to the Gulf Coast in Texas by constructing a massive new pipeline, known as the Keystone XL. Not only would construction of the pipeline tear apart many miles of land in the U.S., but it would require Canada to double its tar sands production, which destroys boreal forests and emits much higher greenhouse gas emissions than traditional oil production. Since Saturday, hundreds of protesters have sat outside the White House, urging Obama to stop Keystone XL, which needs approval from the State Department to continue. More than 160 protesters have been arrested, but we certainly hope that Mr. President is hearing their message loud and clear.

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  1. lazyreader August 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I wanna know how many of those protesters probably drove to the protest. Alberta, Canada has tons and tons and tons of tar sand oil and the fields in that region alone contain enough buried hydrocarbons to substitute all of the worlds oil needs for 100 years. It’s that or continue to purchase oil from many oppressive regimes. Development of oil sands will expand regardless of whether the crude oil is exported to the United States or not. If not TransCanada (responsible for the plan) will simply sell it to Asian markets. And trust me they will jump on that opportunity.

  2. caeman August 23, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Instead of a 1700-mile pipeline, the refinery would be better placed up AT the oil-sand fields. Remove the chance of pipeline spills by not building on in the first place.

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