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Sierra Club Statement on “Cowboy Indian Alliance” Keystone XL Tar Sands Gathering

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Friday, April 25, 2014


April 25, 2014


Contact: Maggie Kao, maggie.kao@sierraclub.org or 202-656-4548


Sierra Club Statement on “Cowboy Indian Alliance” Keystone XL Tar Sands Gathering


Washington, D.C. -- This week, activists are holding a gathering and ceremonial procession on the National Mall, Reject and Protect, led by  the "Cowboy Indian Alliance" -- a group of ranchers, farmers, and tribal communities from along the pipeline's route.


In solidarity, Michael Brune, Sierra Club executive director, issued the following statement:


“In the past months, we have seen overwhelming evidence of just how toxic tar sands oil really is, and what its effects are on those unfortunate enough to live near a spill or a refinery.


“The Obama administration has heard from more than 2,000,000 people who have taken note of this evidence, and recognize that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is not in our national interest.


“Just as important, however, are the individual voices being heard on the National Mall this week -- the voices of tribal communities, farmers, ranchers, and First Nations representatives, who see the health and welfare of their communities under attack.


“Many of these communities already bear an unfair share of the consequences from fossil fuel pollution. Approving the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would force them to bear even higher costs for the sake of oil industry profits.  The choice is clear.  President Obama should reject dirty and dangerous tar sands once and for all.”




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