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Al Gore says Obama must veto ‘atrocity’ of Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

By: Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian (UK) | June 15, 2013

Former vice-president says oil pipeline is ‘really a losing proposition’ and demands climate plan promised at inauguration

Al Gore has called on Barack Obama to veto the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, describing it as “an atrocity”.

The former vice-president said in an interview on Friday that he hoped Obama would follow the example of British Columbia, which last week rejected a similar pipeline project, and shut down the Keystone XL.

“I certainly hope that he will veto that now that the Canadians have publicly concluded that it is not safe to take a pipeline across British Columbia to ports on the Pacific,” he told the Guardian. “I really can’t imagine that our country would say: ‘Oh well. Take it right over parts of the Ogallala aquifer’, our largest and most important source of ground water in the US. It’s really a losing proposition.”

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Alberta buys $30 000 New York Times ad to promote Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | Mar 19, 2013:

Alberta Keystone XL Ad New York Times

Last week, the New York Times boldly urged President Barack Obama to reject TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The influential paper’s March 10 editorial immediately drew the ire of the Canadian petrostate and its Conservative foot soldiers.

Alberta Premier Alison Redford responded over the weekend by purchasing the above $30 000 ad in the New York Times ad to promote Keystone XL. According to The Canadian Press, a spokesman for Redford said the ad was “taken out to counter” the NYT editorial.

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New York Times urges Obama to reject Keystone XL pipeline

President Obama with Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada. February 19, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama with Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada. February 19, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

US President Barack Obama should reject TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL dirty tar sands pipeline, The New York Times boldly declared in an editorial published last week. Reminding us that Obama pledged that “if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will”, the influential newspaper declared that it’s time for the president to say no to the pipeline.

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Hoping Canada’s Dirty Tar Sands Aren’t Part of U.S. “Energy Future” Plans (VIDEO)

U.S. President Barack Obama in this week’s Weekly Address: “We’re finally poised to take control of our energy future”. We hope Canada’s dirty tar sands and TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL pipeline aren’t part of deal.

Video cross-posted on Obiemedia.tumblr.com.

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