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United Methodist Women Joins Tar Sands Action at White House

United Methodist Women will join with other organizations November 6 in Washington, D.C., at 2 p.m. in an action against the proposed transcontinental Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project intended to ship oil from Canada to the United States.
Author and activist Bill McKibben, a United Methodist, is organizing a Tar Sands Action at the White House in solemn protest of the pipeline. United Methodist Women staff member Esmeralda Brown is mobilizing members to join this action. Contact her at ebrown@unitedmethodistwomen.org if you want to join the Tar Sands Action. Keep us informed on the actions and mobilizations that you are involved with.

The Rev. Kathleen Stone, chaplain of the Church Center for the United Nations and a staff member of United Methodist Women, will join the World Council of Churches in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, during its North American Hearing on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology, November 5-11, 2011.
Ms. Stone will be viewing the tar sands firsthand and meeting those affected by economic, health and ecological problems caused by the pipeline in Ft. McMurray, Alberta. Follow Ms. Stone's blog on www.umwonline.net for updates, videos and photos. 

More Information

North American Hearing on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology
Participants at the Hearings on Poverty, Wealth, Ecology will listen to stories and share experiences with local communities, learning the ways those within a specific context see the interactions, interconnections and interdependencies of poverty, wealth and ecology. 

View Ms. Stone’s blog on the United Methodist Women social network beginning November 5. Read stories and see pictures from the hearings and her visit to the tar sands and learn how our narrow definitions of what makes one “wealthy” is ecologically, socially and politically harmful.

Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Action November 6
In 2008, Trans-Canada submitted a permit application to the U.S. Department of State for the Keystone XL project, which is designed to carry heavy crude oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. This proposed pipeline would carry 900,000 barrels of dirty oil and toxic substances that have never been identified through a 1,700-mile, 36-inch pipeline. 

After a historic two-week sit-in at the White House in August 2011, Tar Sands Action is now taking its fight against Keystone XL nationwide. Native American tribes in the United States and Canadian First Nations are unified in opposition to United States plans to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

Indigenous communities have long felt the negative impact of oil extraction in Canada in their water, land, animal and human health. Dr. James Hansen, climate scientist and head of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Institute, said that if we use all the fuel available from this project, the carbon dioxide concentration in the world’s atmosphere would increase by nearly 50 percent, taking us into very dangerous realms. Instead, we need to invest in renewable energy produced locally. In light of the recent Exxon oil pipeline accident near Yellowstone National Park in Montana, there are additional concerns related to the safety of such a long-distance transmission system.

Recommended Actions

Contact your congressional representatives, the White House, and the U.S. Department of State. Tell your representatives, President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to stand with us and oppose the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

President Barack Obama 
The White House 
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW 
Washington, DC 20500

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 
Department of State 
2201 C Street, NW 
Washington, D.C. 20520

United Methodist Women requests prayers for those who are gravely affected by climate change. Prayers are also sought on behalf of United Methodist Women members and churches in their public witness.

For other communications, please contact Esmeralda Brown at EBrown@unitedmethodistwomen.org.

Last Updated: 04/10/2014

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