Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica
Anti-oil sands advocates plan protest to support Keystone XL rejection, highlight campaign contributions from Big Oil to Congress.

Fossil Fuels

Keystone XL Protesters Plan to “Blow the Whistle on Congress”

Anti-oil sands advocates plan protest to support Keystone XL rejection, highlight campaign contributions from Big Oil to Congress.

 

The Obama Administration may have rejected the existing Keystone XL pipeline proposal today, but anti-oil-sands advocates are planning a Washington, D.C. protest next week to support Obama’s decision and highlight campaign contributions from the oil industry to pro-Keystone lawmakers.

The “Blow the Whistle on Congress” event will take place on Tuesday, January 24th and feature 500 protesters dressed in black-and-white referee outfits. The event is expected to start at the U.S. Capitol and head to the American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry’s trade association.

The 1,700-mile pipeline would run from Canada’s Alberta province across seven states to oil refineries on the Gulf Coast. It has become one of the most controversial fossil fuel projects to date because of concerns over the oil sands’ carbon intensity, the energy- and water-intense methods of extraction, dispute over job creation claims, and questions about if the oil sands product would increase U.S. energy independence or be sold internationally.

This protest has been seen as a reaction to intense lobbying by the oil industry in favor of the Keystone XL project, and efforts being considered by Congressional Republicans to take legislative action to unilaterally approve the project if rejected. The Obama administration, generally, and U.S. State Department, specifically, have approval authority over the pipeline because it crosses an international border.

The main event organizers, 350.org and Tar Sands Action, have previously organized two other large-scale protests of the Keystone XL proposal. The first was a two-week long sit-in outside the White House that resulted in 1,200 arrests. The second was an encircling of the White House and march through Washington, D.C. that included an estimated 10,000 protesters


Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 
 
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.
Written By

Silvio is Principal at Marcacci Communications, a full-service clean energy and climate policy public relations company based in Oakland, CA.

Comments

#1 most loved electric vehicle, solar energy, and battery news & analysis site in the world.

 

Support our work today!

Advertisement

Power CleanTechnica: $3/Month

Tesla News Solar News EV News Data Reports

Advertisement

EV Sales Charts, Graphs, & Stats

Advertisement

Our Electric Car Driver Report

30 Electric Car Benefits

Tesla Model 3 Video

Renewable Energy 101 In Depth

solar power facts

Tesla News

EV Reviews

Home Efficiency

You May Also Like

Climate Change

300 leading businesses have signed a letter urging President Biden to slash carbon emissions by 50% no later than 2030.

Climate Change

One of the weirdest segments I’ve ever seen published on CNN aired this past week. It was focused on a small town (population of...

Air Quality

Originally published on WRI’s Resource Institute Blog. By  Dan Lashof, Devashree Saha, Karl Hausker, Greg Carlock, Kevin Kennedy, and Tyler Clevenger  U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, chair of the House Energy...

Carbon Pricing

As I rolled out of bed after a few hours of sleep yesterday morning, I rolled onto a writer group chat message that said,...

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.