Sierra Club
Sierra Club Press Release

December 7, 2011

Eddie Scher, Sierra Club 415.977.5758
Ted Glick, Chesapeake Climate Action Network 240.396.2155

Canadian Prime Minister Visits White House,
Tar Sands Advocates, "We Don’t Want Your Dirty Oil"

Washington, D.C. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be in Washington, DC, today to meet with President Obama. Harper has been an outspoken proponent of tar sands and the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Last week a group of African leaders, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, called on Canada to reverse its promotion of tar sands oil saying, “It’s time to draw the line. We call on Canada to change course and be a leader in clean energy and to support international action to reduce global warming pollution.” Without question, Prime Minister Harper will raise the issue of the pipeline and the President’s decision to delay and reevaluate the faulty environmental review of the project.

Leaders from a coalition of groups working together in opposition to dirty tar sands oil issued the following statements:

"Tar sands oil is the dirtiest oil on Earth and the Canadian government has no business running around promoting it,” says Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director. “President Obama took bold action when he put the brakes on the dirty and dangerous Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. It’s time for Prime Minister Harper to take a hard look at his nation’s growing reputation as a climate pariah and stop pushing dirty tar sands."

"Stephen Harper's government is flagrantly turning its back on past Canadian promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," said Ted Glick, National Policy Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. "They're doing this in Durban, South Africa this week at the UN Climate Conference, and there's no doubt Harper will be trying to enlist President Obama at their meeting today in support of the dirtiest oil on the planet. He should resist these efforts, standing up for his decision to take a much closer look at the Keystone XL pipeline."

"Climate change is already harming people, and exploiting Canada’s dirty tar sands oil will put more lives in peril,” said Kim Huynh, dirty fuels campaigner at Friends of the Earth. “President Obama should not be bullied by Prime Minister Harper and the oil industry. Instead, the Obama administration should stand up for the public and reject the Keystone XL pipeline."


Note: The 3:30 ET White House Press Conference will be live at,