The No Tar Sands Oil Coalition

December 07, 2010 09:00 ET

Tar Sands Under Fire: US Ad Campaign Calls on President Obama To Reject TransCanada Pipeline and the "Dirtiest Oil in the World"

Ads on CNN, MSNBC, The Daily Show, Colbert Report, radio and major political websites run shortly after exposure of Canadian and Albertan efforts to defeat US clean energy policies

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2010) - The No Tar Sands Oil Coalition has launched the first phase of a half million dollar ad campaign, calling on President Obama to reject TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would expand the reach of tar sands oil into the United States.

The ad campaign comes after exposure of lobbying efforts by the Canadian and Albertan governments to defeat US clean energy policies (

"It is ironic that the United States would consider expansion of dirty and risky tar sands, while they are promoting clean energy at the international climate negotiations," said Susan Casey-Lefkowitz of the Natural Resources Defense Council. "With evidence that Canada is undermining U.S. clean energy efforts, we need a loud and clear message to the President that tar sands does not fit in a clean energy future."

The ads invoke President Obama's recent outrage over the BP oil spill:

"You couldn't prevent the disaster in the Gulf...But you can prevent the next oil disaster. The Keystone XL pipeline would pump millions of gallons of the dirtiest oil in the world 2000 miles across America's heartland."

The ads come as Secretary Clinton and the State Department are deciding whether or not to require a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the pipeline, as recommended by the EPA and several dozen members of Congress. In addition to concerns about dirty oil, the proposed pipeline would cut through one of the nation's most critical aquifers, the Ogallala aquifer, which supplies drinking water to two million Midwesterners and fresh groundwater to one third of U.S. agriculture.

"This pipeline threatens our water security, food security, and climate security," said Kate Colarulli of The Sierra Club. "This decision is a litmus test for whether or not the Obama administration will keep its promise to end our addiction to oil and lead America's transition to a clean energy economy."

Opposition to the proposed pipeline is growing: Recently, Nebraska's Republican and Democrat Senators came out in vocal opposition to the pipeline and its potential impacts on the Ogallala aquifer in the event of a spill. Earlier this year Representative Waxman (D-CA) and over 50 house members and 11 senators also expressed their opposition to the pipeline.

"There is a lot of opposition to the TransCanada pipeline and a lot of important reasons for the President to reject it," said Ryan Salmon of the National Wildlife Federation. "We hope that the President hears the views of the people who will be impacted by this risky project above all the noise coming from the tar sands industry and the Canadian and Albertan governments."

The ads can be viewed & downloaded for broadcast:

Background on the pipeline:

The No Tar Sands Oil campaign is an effort to stop the expansion of the Canadian tar sands, advocate for its clean up and propel new energy alternatives. No Tar Sands Oil is supported by an international network of environmental, citizen and indigenous groups, including Corporate Ethics International, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Earthworks, Plains Justice, Rainforest Action Network, Indigenous Environmental Network, Western Organization of Resource Councils, Earthjustice, Global Community Monitor, Forest Ethics, Dogwood Initiative, Honor the Earth, Dakota Rural Action, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, Save Union County, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Sierra Club of Canada – Prairie Chapter.

Contact Information

  • Andrew Frank Communications
    Andrew Frank
    Media Relations
    Natural Resources Defense Council
    Susan Casey-Lefkowitz (in Cancun)
    The Sierra Club
    Kate Colarulli
    National Wildlife Federation
    Ryan Salmon
    Friends of the Earth
    Alex Moore