Two days after President Obama's historic veto of the Keystone XL pipeline, celebrities from the US and Canada have come together to release a video asking the president to do the obvious right thing: reject the dirty, dangerous tar sands pipeline once and for all.
The celebrities cite alarming facts about the mining, production, and burning of tar sands crude, as well as current and potential threats the operation poses to human health, the environment, wildlife, and our fragile climate.
Canadian actress Rachelle Lefevre observes: “The same pollution as putting 22 million cars on the road —that’s the tar sands,” while actress Emily VanCamp, also from Canada, reacts in dismay that the senselessly destructive project is taking place in her own native land. Canadian actress Malin Akerman underscores how tar sands production is decimating Canada’s boreal forest: “Chewing through 34 football fields of pristine forest every day.”
American singer/producer Lance Bass calls out that the tar sands will “pollute enough fresh water to fill almost 5 million bath tubs every single day,” and actress Frances Fisher that tar sands will produce “enough toxic sludge to cover Central Park 11 times a month.”
Other celebrities featured in the video include actors Daryl Hannah, Ed Begley Jr., Sara Gilbert, Darby Stanchfield, Francesca Eastwood, and Dawn Oliveri, actress/singer Alison Sudol, and filmmaker Bryn Mooser.
Despite several attempts by the majority in Congress to force the administration’s hand, the decision to approve or reject the pipeline rests solely with President Obama and his administration. The president has frequently stated that the pipeline cannot be in the national interest if it contributes significantly to climate change, and the president’s veto clears the way to make this determination. The video calls on President Obama to reject Keystone XL once and for all.