I’ve written about or referenced the Keystone XL project and the Alberta tar sands a fair number of times, including at this post for DeSmogBlog. The picture shows protesters at the White House last summer. The folks at 350.org led the demonstrations there and are organizing another action for November 6th.
The pipeline and the tar sands have been getting a lot of press lately, including this eloquent editorial at the NY Times: Say No to the Keystone XL in which they note the crux which is “…the larger question of whether this country should keep conducting business as usual — that is, succumbing to the status quo of politics and big oil — or whether it will seriously grapple with the reality of climate change.” The Times has also been doing some good, old-fashioned reporting, including this hard-hitting piece on conflicts of interest in the environmental review. The Washington Post had this summary of the politics and that the White House is feeling the pressure.
The Natural Resources Defense Council has been a leader in the fight against the tar sands oil and the Keystone XL pipeline. One of their long-time board members, Robert Redford, had this video op-ed at the NY Times. It brings the Keystone XL into pretty clear focus.