• Obama hints in his 2013 State of the Union address that he might approve the pipeline; Greens promote the 'Green New Deal' and say environmental groups must stop allowing Dems to take support for granted; Obama's "executive action" to curb climate change won't work if he keeps promoting more oil and gas production
• Green Party members and friends will gather 11:30 a.m. on Sunday at the carousel in front of the Smithsonian Institution Building (Castle) on the south side of Mall, at 1000 Jefferson Drive; #ForwardOnClimate Rally begins on the Mall (northeast corner of the Washington Monument) at noon: http://act.350.org/signup/presidentsday
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Green Party of the United States has formally endorsed a protest outside of the White House planned for Sunday, February 17, against the Keystone XL Pipeline. Greens from all over the U.S. plan to travel to Washington, DC, to participate in the event.
The demonstration has been initially proposed and planned by 350.org and the Sierra Club (http://350.org/en/stop-keystone-xl). The goal is "for thousands to form a massive human pipeline, and to tell the President that we expect leadership on climate change, beginning with a rejection of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline." Arrests for civil disobedience have already been reported at the White House (http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/02/13).
The Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline would carry 800,000 barrels a day of the dirtiest oil on earth to U.S. ports for export. Green Party also opposes the proposed Enbridge pipeline, which would carry Canadian tar-sands oil to the coast of Maine.
The resolution was introduced by the Green Party of New York and passed by the Green Party's National Committee on February 10 (http://gp.org/cgi-bin/vote/propdetail?pid=695). Both the Canadian and U.S. Green Parties are on record opposing the pipeline:
President Obama hinted in his 2013 State of the Union speech on Tuesday that he may be willing to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, when he promised safer pipelines: "I'm also proposing a Partnership to Rebuild America that attracts private capital to upgrade what our businesses need most: modern ports to move our goods; modern pipelines to withstand a storm..." (The mention of ports is also relevant, since the pipelines' destinations, along the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico and Maine, indicate that the oil is meant for export to foreign markets rather than for domestic energy independence.)
"While President Obama addressed climate change in the speech, he advocated market-based solutions, with continuing profits for industry and more growth. The U.S. will not be able to address the climate crisis adequately as long as the White House and Congress keep insisting that corporate profits and unrestricted growth must come first. Any effort to prevent climate disruption will be undercut by President Obama's 'all-in' energy policy, which means more fossil-fuel production and consumption," said Darryl! LC Moch, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States.
"There are ways to boost the economy while reducing the climate threat -- such as the job creation program laid out in the 'Green New Deal' (http://www.jillstein.org/green_new_deal) advanced by 2012 Green presidential nominee Jill Stein and other Green candidates. Until such a program is enacted, and until environmental groups stop allowing Democrats to take their support for granted, no such solution will be possible. Instead of praise for President Obama's delays in announcing a decision on the pipeline, we need increased public pressure and a promise of political consequences if the pipeline is approved," said Mr. Moch.
Tar Sands Blockade is a coalition of Texas and Oklahoma landowners and climate justice organizers using peaceful and sustained civil disobedience to stop the construction of TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline (http://www.tarsandsblockade.org). On October 31, 2012, Dr. Stein was arrested in Texas for trying to deliver food and supplies to Blockade participants.
The proposed multi-billion dollar 1,700 mile Keystone XL pipeline would connect the tar sands oil fields in Alberta, Canada, to refineries in the U.S. The pipeline would pose a threat to the Ogallala Aquifer, water source for many millions in the US.The tar sands deposits are the second biggest pool of extractable carbon on the Earth.
Northern Alberta, the region where tar sands oil is extracted, is home to many indigenous populations. Important parts of their cultural traditions and livelihood are coming under attack because of tar sands operations.
"Green Party urges national protest against the proposed Keystone XL and Trailbreaker pipelines"
Green Party press release, January 31, 2013
"Five Executive Actions Against Climate Chaos: What the President Should Announce in State of the Union Speech"
Center for Biological Diversity press release, Common Dreams, February 11, 2013
"Pipe Dreams? Jobs Gained, Jobs Lost by the Construction of Keystone XL"
Report by Cornell University Global Labor Institute
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