In addition to the Tar Sands Free Northeast rally on January 26, there is going to be another anti-tar sands rally on February 17th in Washington DC. With over 10,000+ people expected so far, this could be the largest climate rally in history.
What are we rallying for? To stop the Keystone XL pipeline, a 1,600 mile-long pipeline that will extract tar sands from a deposit in Canada and send it down to the Gulf.
Keystone would be a climate disaster: “There are an estimated 240 gigatons of carbon stored in the tar sands, about half the carbon budget (500Gt) that scientists estimate we can use to stay under 2 degrees of warming. According to a June 2012 report by the Congressional Research Service, building Keystone XL would be the equivalent of adding at least 4 million new cars to the road.” It would pass over the Ogallala Aquifer and through First Nation communities.
That is why, on February 17th, thousands of people will gather to tell Obama to block the Keystone pipeline. It will be an historic event.