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November 30, 2010
5:36 PM

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Kristina Johnson, Sierra Club (415) 977-5619

Coalition Launches Nationwide Ad Campaign Calling for Obama and Clinton to Stop Toxic Oil Pipeline

WASHINGTON - November 30 - An international coalition of environmental and community groups has launched a national ad campaign calling on President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to stop a pipeline designed to carry the world’s dirtiest oil through American communities. 

The advertising campaign will include primetime television ads on CNN, MSNBC, and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and Colbert Report. In addition, the Sierra Club is running ads on calling on Secretary Clinton to say no to the pipeline. 


“This toxic pipeline would put American drinking water, air, and farmland at great risk,” said Sierra Club Dirty Fuels Campaign Director Kate Colarulli. “We’re confident that once Americans learn about this risky foreign oil pipeline, they will join us in calling on President Obama and Secretary Clinton to stop it.” 

The State Department must approve a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry toxic tar sands oil from Canada across America’s Midwest and into Texas, putting drinking water and farmland at risk. Dozens of members of Congress, along with the EPA, DOE and others have raised concerns about the safety of the pipeline and are calling on Secretary Clinton to require a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, which would mandate additional analysis and a chance for the public to officially comment on the new information.

In addition to threatening water and farming communities in America, the pipeline would support a growing environmental disaster in Alberta, where the oil is mined by clear-cutting ancient forest and leaving toxic lakes behind. It would also add to the problem of climate disruption, since tar sands oil creates roughly three times as much global warming pollution as conventional oil. 

“Building this pipeline would be like putting 6.5 million new cars on America’s roads, right when we are making strides in fighting global warming pollution,” Colarulli said. “The Obama administration and Secretary Clinton have signaled that they are ready to leave dirty fuels behind and embrace clean energy jobs. This pipeline would represent a giant step in the wrong direction.”

The ads follow a series of events around the country earlier this month protesting Keystone XL and the release of a Sierra Club report profiling people affected by tar sands expansion.

The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the well-known conservationist and preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. The Sierra Club has hundreds of thousands of members in chapters located throughout the US, and is affiliated with Sierra Club Canada.

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