Green September: Al Gore Says ‘No’ to Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

[ 0 ] September 1, 2011 |

Al Gore

As September ushers in a host of environmental events, Al Gore weighs in on a huge proposed oil pipeline intended to run from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf of Mexico

As September promises many events aimed at bringing attention to environmental problems plaguing our planet, former Vice President Al Gore is weighing in on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline that will be among the nation’s largest, if constructed.

Gore, a big environmentalist who made global warming a household issue with his movie, An Inconvenient Truth, wrote in a blog post that the proposed pipeline, which will run from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf of Mexico, will be an “enormous mistake.”

“The leaders of the top environmental groups in the country, the Republican Governor of Nebraska, and millions of people around the country — including hundreds of people who have bravely participated in civil disobedience at the White House — all agree on one thing: President Obama should block a planned pipeline from the tar sands of Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico.”

Gore was referring to the arrest of actress Daryl Hannah and other activists protesting the Keystone XL pipeline at the White House Tuesday.

Gore said the the tar sands are the “dirtiest source of fuel on the planet.”

“Gasoline made from the tar sands gives a Toyota Prius the same impact on climate as a Hummer using gasoline made from oil,” Gore wrote. “The answer to our climate, energy and economic challenges does not lie in burning more dirty fossil fuels — instead, we must continue to press for much more rapid development of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and cuts in the pollution that causes global warming.”

T. Boone Pickens, one of the most successful and respected environmentally conscious entrepreneurs, recently told Green Girl Minute that “we’ve never had the leadership in Washington” to enact a comprehensive energy plan, and the media has never held presidential candidates’ feet to the fire to follow through on their energy promises.

“This time, it’s going to happen,” he said, “Obama’s going to have to answer the question.”

September is a month where many of those concerned about the environment have numerous opportunities to help make a difference. A number of events are planned to heighten awareness of environmental problems, including:

  • A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels September 24 – A worldwide rally held by 350.org and other organizations to demand solutions to the climate crisis.
  • International Coastal Cleanup Day September 17 – This is the largest volunteer effort for the ocean, bringing out hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the world to remove millions of pounds of trash and debris from beaches, lakes and waterways while recording every piece of trash that is found.
  • International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer September 16 – Sponsored by the United Nations, member states are encouraged to devote the day each year to promote, at the national level, activities that help reduce damage to the ozone layer.
  • Clean Up the World Campaign September 16-18 – This weekend event focuses public attention on global community concerns for the environment and how each individual can make a positive contribution to a cleaner and healthier world.
  • World Carfree Day Campaign September 22 – People around the world gather in streets, intersections, and on neighborhood blocks to remind the world that a car-dominated society doesn’t have to be the norm. Governments are encouraged to help create permanent change to benefit pedestrians, cyclists and other non-drivers. The day is to be a showcase for just how the world’s cities would look, feel, and sound without cars … 365 days a year.

Sign up for an event near you and help clean up the planet, and increase awareness of issues most important to our Earth’s future.

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