Activists To Hold Vigils in Los Angeles on Monday Urging President Obama to Reject Keystone XL

tar-sands-action-350Vigils in Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Santa Ana in Response to Final Environmental Review 

Local activists will participate in protest vigils in seven cities across Southern California calling on President Obama to reject the controversial Keystone XL pipeline following the release of the State Department’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). The Keystone XL pipeline will be a huge source of carbon pollution and clearly fails the climate test set by President Obama.

On Friday, January 27th, the State Department issued its SEIS on the Keystone XL Pipeline.  President Obama said that he would not approve the pipeline if it increases carbon emissions. This pipeline will, in fact, increase carbon emissions and cause grave and irreversible environmental harm to global climate stability. Communities in California and the Southwestern US have already been subjected to increased heat waves, droughts, brush fires, and extreme weather events, and climate change promises more to come. Moreover, this pipeline would cause direct environmental harm to ecosystems and communities from Canada through the Midwestern US — and put the well-being of all who live in relationship with the Ogallala Aquifer at risk.

The objectivity of this report is called into question as well. The SEIS was drafted in coordination with consultants who have worked for TransCanada — the company seeking to build the pipeline.  Additionally, Jack Gerard, head of the American Petroleum Institute, was briefed by “sources within the administration” on the timing and content of the report before its release, and was pleased to say that it will not impact the environment. With these direct conflicts of interest, the process is clearly broken, and a new report which reflects the true environmental impact is needed.

Today’s event is part of a national campaign led by CREDO, Rainforest Action Network, the Sierra Club and 350.org, among a host of other organizations, calling on the president to keep his commitment to reduce carbon pollution and reject the pipeline.

WHAT:  Protest vigil urging President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline following the release of the State Department’s new environmental assessment. Activists will hold candles, signs and chant against the pipeline.

WHO:  Local activists with SoCal Climate Action Coalition 350, Citizens Climate Lobby, and Tar Sands Action SoCal, in association with CREDO, Rainforest Action Network, the Sierra Club and 350.org

WHEN: Monday, 3 February, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

WHERE:

  • San Gabriel Valley #NOKXL Vigil – Pasadena City Hall, 100 N Garfield Ave. Pasadena, CA 91101, 6:30 pm
  • Oppose Keystone XL Monday night vigil in Los Feliz – Los Feliz Triangle, 1715 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 5:30 pm
  • Santa Monica Keystone XL Protest – Ocean Avenue, Ocean at Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 6:00 pm
  • Keystone Pipeline Vigil Ventura, CA – County Government Center, corner of Victoria Ave and Telephone Rd, Ventura, CA 93003
  • Santa Barbara #NOKXL Vigil – De La Guerra Plaza, 20 East De la Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • OC against XL – Santa Ana Federal Building, 34 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA 92701, 5:00 pm
  • Keystone Pipeline Vigil San Diego – Federal Building, 880 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101, 6:00 PM

Jack-EidtKeystone XL is a tar sands pipeline that would transport some of the dirtiest crude oil on the planet from Alberta Canada, and across American soil for export. The vigils across Southern California are part of a campaign to try and stop the pipeline from ruining the climate and endangering communities along the proposed pipeline route.

More Info on Tar Sands: Tar Sands-Keystone XL
Facebook Page SoCal 350: https://www.facebook.com/SoCal350

Jack Eidt

Director – Wild Heritage Planners
Organizer – Tar Sands Action SoCal
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