"Tar Sands Action – Rally at Michelle Obama Event in Maine" ,

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From: Nancy Galland <nangalland@fairpoint.net>
Date: September 26, 2011 7:33:35 AM EDT
Subject: “Tar Sands Action – Rally at Michelle Obama Event  in Maine”  ,  
Dear Climate Change Activists, 
The First Lady Michelle Obama will be speaking at a fundraiser at the Ocean Gateway in Portland,  ME on September 30. A group of  Mainers are planning to assemble outside the event to continue focusing attention on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline issue,   and we would love company.  (For more info on the Keystone XL issue, see below.)  The event begins at 2:30,  but doors open at  1pm,  so we were thinking of gathering at noon.  Please contact us for more details on where and when to meet.  We will be bringing signs and banners,  but contributions are welcome. 
 Maintaining the  tone of the civil disobedience action in DC,  we want to be respectful of the First Lady while still doing all we can to encourage the President to deny the pipeline permit., For those who can’t make it to the action on Friday,  we are also circulating a petition,  which we will be giving to the Maine Obama campaign coordinator.  She has said she would be happy to pass it  on to the national staff.  The petition will include a space for signers to make individual notes to let campaign staff know how Obama’s position on Keystone XL will impact their involvement in the campaign., 
Please contact Greg Kimber (gkimber33@hotmail.com) for more details.
From   http://www.tarsandsaction.org/press/releases/sep16/, Protest Against Keystone XL Pipeline Spreads Across North America, WASHINGTON,  DC —
 The fight over the Keystone XL pipeline has become the marquee environmental bout of the 2012 election season,   with serious implications for President Obama’s campaign and the future of the North American environmental movement.  Obama has the power to act independently to deny the permit for the proposed pipeline,  without interference from Congress., The proposed 1, 700 mile Keystone XL pipeline would carry dirty,   tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. A rupture in the  pipeline could cause a BP style oil spill in America’s heartland,  over the source of fresh drinking water for 20 million people. NASA’s top climate scientist says that fully developing the tar sands in Canada would mean “essentially game over” for the climate., After a historic two-weeks sit-in at the White House this August  that led to the arrest of 1, 252 Americans and Canadians,  the group behind the protests,  Tar Sands Action,  is now taking its fight against Keystone XL nationwide.

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