Protect Wildlife from Dirty Tar Sands Oil
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Protect Wildlife from Dirty Tar Sands Oil

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      National Wildlife Federation Action Fund

The largest tar sands reserves in the world are located beneath the beautiful boreal forest in Alberta, Canada. This forest provides critical habitat for about 50 percent of North America's migratory birds and some of the world's largest populations of wolves, grizzly bears, lynx and moose. 

Oil companies are digging up this pristine forest to extract the tar sands, leaving behind huge toxic wastelands. To remove the thick black oil from the sand, they heat it using natural gas and wash it using enormous volumes of freshwater. This process creates toxic lakes that are so large they are visible from space. In 2008 alone, 1,600 migrating ducks drowned after landing in the toxic sludge.

Production of tar sands oil causes at least three times more global warming pollution than conventional oil. And now, oil company TransCanada is pushing hard for the rights to build an extensive pipeline network that would deliver this dirty fuel from Canada to every corner of our nation.

TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline would move up to 900,000 barrels of tar sands oil every day across 2,000 miles of farmland and forests, and across waterways from Montana to Texas. Unless we stop it, this pipeline would effectively open the entire U.S. market and international markets to this environmentally damaging and high-carbon fuel.

Please send your own message to President Obama, urging him to stand up to Big Oil's plans and stop the Keystone XL pipeline from ever being built.

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    1. Next American Oil Disaster Could Come From the North

      Last month, more than 350 ducks were euthanized after landing in a lake of oil sludge, also known as a tailings pond, holding the toxic leftovers from oil extraction in Alberta's tar sands. Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner told Reuters, "I...

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