President Obama couldn't prevent the BP Gulf oil spill disaster.
But he can prevent the next one in the making: the Keystone XL dirty tar sands oil pipeline.
Big Oil (in the form of multinational energy company TransCanada) would build Keystone XL down from Canada through America's heartland – endangering drinking water and the aquifer that irrigates America's breadbasket.
President Obama (and the State Department) are now considering the permit for the pipeline, which would send millions of gallons of the world's dirtiest oil through America – further delaying the U.S.'s transition to a clean energy economy.
Highlighting President Obama's role
To highlight President Obama's role at this critical juncture, the No Tar Sands Oil campaign has placed advertisements in key outlets across the country.
More info about Keystone XL and the ad campaign
PRESS RELEASE: Read the press release announcing the ad campaign
FACT SHEET: Say No to Tar Sands Pipeline: proposed Keystone XL project would deliver dirty fuel at a high cost, provides an overview of the Keystone XL pipeline. Natural Resources Defense Council, March 2010.
REPORT: A groundbreaking new report on the (lack of) planning and safety associated with the Keystone pipeline network – including Keystone XL: The Northern Great Plains at Risk: oil spill planning deficiencies in Keystone pipeline system, Plains Justice, Nov 2010.
REPORT: A June 2010 report provides a broader explanation as to why the Keystone XL is a bad idea: Staying Hooked on a Dirty Fuel: why Canadian tar sands pipelines are a bad bet for the United States, National Wildlife Federation, Jun 2010.
REPORT: Toxic Tar Sands: profiles from the front lines tells the stories of thirteen people from across North America whose health and livelihoods are at risk as a result of toxic tar sands expansion — like the Keystone XL pipeline. Sierra Club, 2010
FACT SHEET: TransCanada Exaggerating Jobs Claims for Keystone XL, National Wildlife Federation, Nov 2010
FACEBOOK: Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline, No More Dirty Tar Sands Oil, Friends of the Earth
VIDEO: This 5 minute video shows the impacts of tar sands development, including the web of proposed pipelines (Keystone XL among them) across North America: Canada’s Dirty Oil: Breaking Our Addiction, Corporate Ethics International, 2009
REPORT: Tar Sands Invasion: How dirty and expensive oil from Canada threatens America’s new energy economy provides an introduction to tar sands oil from a U.S. perspective: why it’s a problem, what’s at risk, and the alternatives. Corporate Ethics International, EARTHWORKS, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, 2010.