Anti-Keystone activists to 'encircle' White House on Nov 6: Robert Redford
Hollywood legend Robert Redford has starred in his second anti-Keystone video in less than two weeks. And this time he is advocating encircling (not occupying) the White House on November 6 to show President Barack Obama the 'people's' opposition to TransCanada's $7-billion pipeline.
"On November 6, thousands will gather outside the White House. Together, in a show of solidarity the crowd will encircle the People’s House," said Redford in the sequel co-produced by the Tarsandsaction.org and the Natural Resource Defense Council. "The crowd will show the President that if he stands up to Big Oil like he promised to do, he will have the people’s support. Now is the time for the President to show true leadership and help to move the country off of oil. We have better energy choices.”
He did not elaborate what those energy choices could be. John Felmy, chief economist at American Petroleum Institute, recently noted that much of the U.S. transportation sector is fuelled by oil, an area where alternative energy has made little progress.
“The key nugget is the 94% of the fuel in transportation is going to come from oil, and that’s not going to change for a very long time,” said Felmy during his presentation at the Global Cities Forum in Toronto recently. “A further 3% is natural gas, and we can expand that resource. Another 3% is bio-fuels and we can’t expand it very much more because there is a limit how much ethanol we can use.”
Redford also argues in his video that the project will create a mere 2,500 temporary jobs. Supporters of the project say the pipeline will create thousands of much-needed jobs both sides of the border and generate billions in revenues and income, and also bring the United States closer to its goal of energy security. Many labour unions in the United States, such as the Laborers' International Union of North America, support the project as they believe it will create jobs for their members.
The U.S. State Department is expected to decide on the project before the end of the year.