WHO: 350.org, CREDO, Energy Action Coalition, Friends of the Earth, National Wildlife Federation
WHAT: 350.org and their allies will parade a giant 100 yard inflatable pipeline around the Capitol Building this Tuesday afternoon before the State of the Union to demand that the President Obama reject the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Written on the pipeline will be the words “Climate Champion or Pipeline President.” President Obama has all the information he needs to reject Keystone XL and he should do so in the State of the Union.
WHEN: Tuesday, January 28th, 12 pm-1 pm.
WHERE: 350.org will be meeting at the corner of East Capitol and 1st St SE. Closest Metro stations: Capitol South (Blue/Orange) and Union Station (Red). Please call Jason at (716) 984-4200 if you need directions.
WHY: The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would be a climate disaster and threaten communities and the environment along its entire root. Climate scientists have called the tar sands “the largest carbon bomb on the planet.” Despite shoddy analysis by industry contractors working for the State Department, there is no doubt that approving Keystone XL would have a dramatic impact on the climate and should be rejected immediately by President Obama as not serving the national interest. The State of the Union would be an excellent time to reject the project and embrace a clean energy future.
QUOTES: “President Obama needs to decide whether he wants to be remembered as a climate champion or the pipeline president. He can’t have it both ways,” said Jason Kowalski, Policy Director for 350.org.
“The mock pipeline out front is a reminder that there’s one environmental issue that’s brought people into the streets again and again across the country, and that’s the KXL pipeline. Because we never forget for a minute that the president, all by himself and without asking John Boehner, can stop it once and for all.” – Bill McKibben, President & Co-Founder of 350.org.
CONTACT: Chanelle Blackwell, 571-239-8983, firstname.lastname@example.org