Nov. 6th, 2PM Terry Schrunk Plaza – Stop the Keystone Pipeline PDX

October 30, 2011

The Alberta Tar Sands and the Keystone XL Pipeline:
“Game Over for the Planet” (Dr. James Hansen, top U.S. climatologist).

The Keystone XL would take the dirtiest fossil fuel on the planet from northern Alberta 1,700 miles to the Texas Gulf Coast, for export to China and worldwide.
President Obama has EXCLUSIVE authority to stop it, and will decide this fall.
Stopping it is the single biggest climate issue we face in 2011.

Key Facts: (see

- Energy Security: Tar Sands will not Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil

- Gas prices: Keystone XL will increase gas prices for Americans—Especially Farmers

- Jobs: TransCanada’s jobs projections are vastly inflated.

- Safety: A rupture in the Keystone XL pipeline could cause a BP style oil spill in America’s heartland, over the source of fresh drinking water for 2 million people. NASA’s top climate scientist says that fully developing the tar sands in Canada would mean “essentially game over” for the climate.

- Climate Change: Keystone XL is the fuse to North America’s biggest carbon bomb.
A description by Lowell Greenberg, arrested August 31 at the Tar Sands Action civil disobedience at the White House:

Beneath a green sweep of Boreal fen and forest in northern Alberta lies a promise of addiction — tar sands that are being refined into petroleum products like gasoline. With the tar sands, Canada has the second largest oil reserves on Earth.

Proposed is a massive 7 billion dollar pipeline to transport this oil — The Keystone XL. To be routed from Hardisty, Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast, this tar sands pipeline is set to cross the country’s largest freshwater source, the Ogallala Aquifer (30% of all agriculture), and the fragile Sandhills of Nebraska, posing devastating consequences to human health, livestock and agriculture.

If we stop construction of the pipeline — we will choke off the supply at the source and put a major dent in TransCanada Corps profits and the viability of exploiting this oil.
What else happens if we don’t stop Tar Sands extraction?

Dr. James Hansen, one of the world’s leading climatologists wrote: “The carbon emissions from tar shale and tar sands would initiate a continual unfolding of climate disasters over the course of this century. We would be miserable stewards of creation. We would rob our own children and grandchildren.”

In addition to the destruction of the water, land, indigenous communities, people’s health, production of enormous toxic waste areas that are visible from space, destruction of one quarter of the Earth’s remaining intact forests and 11% of the planet’s terrestrial carbon storehouses (an area the size of Florida) — the Tar Sands oil extraction project produces 3 times the global warming pollution of conventional fuel. The burning of fossil fuels is making our oceans acidic, destroying our climate and jeopardizing food and water security for billons on the planet.

In the face of this threat to the 99% — what does the US State Department have to say about Tar Sand oil exploitation? Drill, baby, drill. However, final approval of the pipeline is Obama’s decision — he and he alone can stop the pipeline.

Fight the global plutocracy — as Chomsky refers to it, “the rule by the wealthy or power provided by wealth that is destroying life on this planet.”

Join us at 2:00 PM at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 1200 SW 3rd St, downtown Portland.
This event is endorsed by Occupy Portland and Climate Justice Portland.


Our mission is to stop this destructive pipeline.
We are promoting education, community involvement, networking, and action. By creating a community we can create a movement. Join us!


Phone: 530.515.1961

11 Responses to Nov. 6th, 2PM Terry Schrunk Plaza – Stop the Keystone Pipeline PDX

  1. Richard on October 30, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I support a drive for a cleaner planet, but I think Occupy Portland is still not quite “on target” with this protest….Occupy Portland needs to target the main cause of the 99%’s disapproval, and pain, which is the Big Greedy Banks, and Wall Street, and when that problem is addressed, then move to protesting things like climate change, spoiling or misuse of our natural resources, and et cetera, which are really secondary items on the list of things to protest that also affect the 99%….

    • Jaime on October 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      I’d say one of the grievances of the 99% is the complete disregard for our delicate ecosystem because it’ll make corporations like chevron an extra buck. Yes, its not one of the main issues, but a huge issue nonetheless and president obama is the only one who can make the decision and he’s making it soon.

  2. Richard on October 30, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I’d like to say one more thing about the importance of being on target with your message. Do you want to continue to “spin your wheels” without gaining any traction with the 99%?…or do you want to gain approval of the 99% and get them on board with your message? It all depends on how you target your message…

  3. Time to up your game on October 30, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Any chance you could post a map of where that is for people who might find that useful. Also, how about some details on what to expect when we are there. Should be pack a lunch? Are there speakers? Anyone planning any actions that are being talked about?

  4. Lowell Greenberg on October 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Ecological destruction is fundamentally about social justice. The current military governmental industrial is killing millions through what are essentially state sanctioned acts of eco terrorism. While the march is in solidarity with the Washington DC march, what it is fundamentally about is whether we will allow corporations and government to destroy life on this planet as we know it. Tar sands development is eco genocide at its worst. The fight for our planet is only beginning. Is this a 99% issue. Yes. Do we have time to ignore and focus solely on changing the power structure. No. Is the issue more central to our life and well being than protesting Tony examples about a financial transaction tax? I submit Yes. We will win on the tar sands issue no matter what. Approve the pipeline-the movement is radicalized. Disapprove- and momentum builds.

  5. Emily Miller on October 30, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Here is a link that gives details on where Terry Schrunk Plaza is. Google Maps is also a very helpful tool in finding directions. Hope to see you there, thank you for your interest!

  6. Lowell Greenberg on October 30, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Moderator: The last message contains an incorrect Facebook link, the correct link is:

  7. chelsea on October 30, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Excellent! I will be there.

  8. jamdox on October 30, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    The 99% will not be hijacked by the activist subculture. The activist subculture should respect that the only reason they’re getting any attention is because of us, the 99%. They should focus on providing us with an outlet for our grievances against the 1%, instead of their current self-indulgent antics.

    Intentionally getting arrested for no reason does not represent the 99%.

    Protesting the Keystone pipeline does not represent the 99%.

    Protesting American foreign policy does not represent the 99%.

    The 99% are united by their economic fortunes. Economic issues are the only thing Occupy Portland is authorized to protest in the name of the 99%.

    Everything else is the immoral hijacking of our movement by the activist subculture, and must stop.

  9. Emily Miller on October 31, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I agree that climate issues are a result of the problems associated with corporate power in our state and that they are not the major cause of the grievances of the 99%. However I also recognize the importance of such issues, and the clear connection they have in relation to the lack of separation between the corporations and our state. Therefore, when there is an event to bring awareness to such results of a nation controlled by money and greed, it is important that the occupation movement stands in solidarity. If those who occupy are aware of such connections then the power behind the movement can bring awareness to all areas where the control of the 1% is present. Focusing on the symptom rather than the cause is not always the most prudent reaction to injustice, however the urgency of the issue of the Keystone. XL Pipeline is significant and must be addressed.
    Oil dependency and climate woes are very much apart of the demands of the 99% and the Occupation movement has incorporated such issues in there list of demands in their Declaration of Independence.

    • Lowell Greenberg on October 31, 2011 at 2:11 pm

      I have a friend who can’t participate on the 6th because he is going on a Sunday hike. In the year 2011, he like others, can still hike in a beautiful wilderness area and forget about climate change, the sixth great extinction event, acidification of the oceans and massive droughts and floodimg. He is affluent, but definitely one of the 99%. But), if 99% of the worlds climatologists are right, his escape time will end soon. A decade or two, every aspect of his life will be affected. There will be no escape. Last summer Pakistan had a 129 degree day. The year before 2/3 of their country was flooded. World food prices, while admittedly manipulated by commodity trading, are also higher than ever because of climate disaster. No soon, all of the 99%, not just the bottom 20% will feel the consequences of environmental collapse. Men, woman and children. If we continue, the foreclosure crisis, the too big to fail banking crisis, will look like good old days. The root of the problem is corporate domination- however sometimes symptoms kill