Last Friday, this happened in the city of Mayflower, Arkansas:
An Exxon tar sands pipeline burst, spilling a yet unknown amount of toxic oil into the surrounding community. As bad as this is, it could be worse — the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would carry 10 times as much oil as the pipeline that broke. And even when that oil doesn’t spill, it becomes equally dangerous when it’s refined and turned into climate-cooking CO2.
President Obama has a decision to make: he can stand up against this kind of destruction and stop Keystone XL, or let the tar sands flow, 800,000 barrels a day from Canada through a dangerous high pressure pipline.
The President is headed to the Bay Area this week, and when he does, we’ll be ready. We’re planning to meet him at his fundraiser, and send him a big message: it’s time to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline for good.
The goal is to be unavoidable before the fundraiser — we’ll have signs and banners, so you can just show up ready to make some noise. This is one of the best ways to reach the President before he makes a decision about the pipline — and meet other great climate activists in the Bay.
Can you be there Wednesday at 5 PM when the President arrives in San Francisco?
Click here to RSVP in San Francisco: act.350.org/signup/SF_blocks_KXL/
Here are the details:
What: San Francisco tells Obama to Stop the Pipeline
Where: 2870 Broadway at Baker, San Francisco, 94115
When: Wednesday, April 3rd at 5:30pm (note the change of time from 5pm)
Who: It’ll be a party, with lots of folks from CREDO, 350.org, 350 Bay Area, Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, Rainforest Action Network, Alliance for Climate Education and others.
Also, we just found out that President Obama is holding a second fundraiser Thursday morning at 8:15 AM in Atherton. Whether you can make it or not to the event on Wednesday, this is another important opportunity to send a personal message to the President (and nothing makes for better friends than early morning actions).
Click here to RSVP for the action in Atherton: act.350.org/signup/Atherton_KXL_Birddog/
What: Atherton action to stop Keystone XL
Where: Corner of Alameda de las Pulgas and Walsh Road in Atherton
When: Wednesday, April 4rd at 8:15am
Who: You and all your friends. We are organizing this event in coordination with local residents of the South Bay, 350 Silicon Valley, CREDO, and 350.org.
I’ll be there with friends and family both — I hope to see you there as well.
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