FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2009
Groups Urge Obama: Don’t Buy Canada's Dirty Oil
Washington, D.C - As President Barack Obama prepares to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on September 16, an international network of environmental groups is sending a strong message to the president that Canada's dirty tar sands oil threatens America's clean energy future.
"Allowing tar sands pipelines into this country will undercut President Obama's clean energy agenda," said Sierra Club representative Pat Gallagher. "This project will lock us into a dirty oil infrastructure for years to come."
Groups, including Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council, are concerned that Harper's push for tar sands oil will divert the U.S. just as the nation is taking up the mantle of climate leadership and moving toward a clean energy economy future.
Leading up to Harper’s visit, environmental groups have conducted a wide variety of outreach, including a drive to have citizens send letters to President Obama urging him to protect America from the massive dirty energy project.
The campaign includes a new website http://www.whoisharper.org/, online advertising, and the Washington, D.C. world premier of a new film, titled Canada’s Dirty Oil: Breaking Our Addiction, available here: http://dirtyoilsands.org/visuals/category/dvd/