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Young Climate Activists Call On Clinton to Stop Tar Sands Pipeline

Daniel Kessler

The Avaaz Action Factory is at it again. This time its target is Secretary Clinton; its quest is to get her to stop a new pipeline that would send Canadian tar sands oil into the US.

Yesterday, during morning rush hour, these young and creative activists showed up at the State Department in full costume, complete with a kiddie pool full of a tar sands mixture. Their banner read: "Clinton be a Leader. Say No to Tar Sands, Stop Global Warming."

The activists then put on a little play. In the kiddie pool was a dirty tar sands villain and a young woman, dressed as Secretary Clinton, had to choose whether to battle the villain and save the earth. She chose wisely.

The Problem with Tar Sands Secretary Clinton can stop a new pipeline that will bring tar sands oil to the US. Alberta's tar sand reserves are now estimated to contain more than 175 billion barrels of crude oil, but to get to the huge reserves, excavators must remove the topsoil and then take out the underlying tar sands by lifted them into dump trucks. The tar sands are moved to an extraction site, where they are steamed to get to the oil. The process is so carbon intensive that to create oil from the tar sands emits at least five times more carbon dioxide then does the effort of processing "sweet crude" oil.


Avaaz Action Factory wants you to take action. Here's what they recommend:

What you can do: Call the US State Department at (202) 647-4000 and ask for Secretary Clinton's representative and ask her to turn down the Clipper Pipeline and say no to dirty energy expansion.

Then post to your facebook wall or tweet: I just called Clinton asking her to stop prevent a dirty #oilsands pipeline into the US.

Today's action is part of a much larger effort involving the Rainforest Action Network, the Sierra Club and many more groups fighting to stop tar sands extraction.

More on Tar Sands: Tar Sands: The Most Destructive Project on Earth
National Geographic Slams Tar Sands - Canadian Politicians Pissed
Tar Sand Investments Could Be Oil Industry's Version of the Sub-Prime Meltdown


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Daniel Kessler is a Senior Press Officer for Greenpeace, the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful direct action and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future. Daniel blogs at and lives and works in the Bay Area.

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