Tar Sands Protest to Greet Obama in Denver

When President Barack Obama comes to Denver next Tuesday, September 27 to speak at Abraham Lincoln High School, he will be met by another in a continuing list of tar sands protests at his public appearances.  Since the Keystone XL protests ended September 3 in Washington, DC with 1,252 arrested, he and his administration have been met with tar sands protesters at Richmond, Columbus, North Carolina State University, Harvard, and the University of Delaware.  Now it will be our turn.

"Tar Sands protestors stand up against the Keystone pipeline" by Tarsandsaction on flickr - photo credit Amy Dewan
"Tar Sands protestors stand up against the Keystone pipeline" by Tarsandsaction on flickr - photo credit Amy Dewan

The precise time of the visit has not yet been announced, but it would be great if Firedogs in the Denver Metro area could join us.

If you can join us, please sign in with the Tar Sands Action folks here and on the facebook Denver Tar Sands Action page  here.

Also, check out the Indigenous Environmental Network at http://www.ienearth.org/index.html.  At the center of the Canadian tar sands despoilation of their land and water, they have been doing incredible work and could use a little love of the monetary kind.

I hope to keep the pressure up on tar sands locally even after the President’s visit, since Denver is one of the epicenters of tar sands activity in the US.  Suncor’s US offices are located here in Denver; customers of Shell and Phillips66 gas stations here are already burning tar sands crude which has been upgraded at Suncor’s refinery in Commerce City, Colorado; and our biggest grocery chain, King Soopers (a subsidiary of Kroger), has extended its gas discount affinity program to local Shell stations.  So, we have a lot of opportunities for further education and resistance.

As Paul Williams famously wrote, “We’ve only just begun…”

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