For Immediate Release
Activists Demand Susan Rice End Keystone XL Conflict
WASHINGTON - A national online group with nearly 200,000 members launched a campaign Friday demanding that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice sell "every dollar of stock" in Canadian firms that stand to reap huge profits if the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is approved.
A potential nominee for Secretary of State early next year, Rice would be a key decision-maker for the pipeline in that post.
Calling the conflict of interest "outrageous" and "intolerable," RootsAction.org declared in an email sent to its membership nationwide:
"It's indefensible that Rice has millions of dollars invested in oil companies and banks that will make huge profits if the State Department gives approval to the XL pipeline. As a high-ranking administration official -- and a potential replacement for Hillary Clinton early next year to run the State Department -- Susan Rice shouldn't have any stake in corporations that are doing all they can to plunder tar sands in Canada and send carbon emissions soaring even faster."
RootsAction.org is an online initiative dedicated to galvanizing Americans who are committed to economic fairness, equal rights, civil liberties, environmental protection -- and defunding endless wars. http://rootsaction.org
Action for a Progressive Future (the organization that runs RootsAction) is a nonprofit, progressive, public policy advocacy group that will engage citizens in the democratic process and help make sure legislators hear their voices.