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Forward On Climate Rally in Bozeman

Join our Forward on Climate Rally

February 17,[masked] to 3pm

There will be a huge Forward On Climate Rally at the White House Sunday Feb. 17 to urge President Obama to take away the key to the tar sands oil, the Keystone XL Pipeline. But if you can’t make it to DC… join us!

1 – 1:30pm outside on the lawn of the library with featured Speaker: Kristi Chester-Vance from Forest Ethics, on Canadian tar sands, and Nick Bentley, on climate change.

1:30 – 3pm Go inside in the library’s large community room for more speakers, Beth Kaeding from Northern Plains Resource Council and Kristen Walser of the Montana 23 coal Export Action, plus live feed to the speakers at the DC rally, camaraderie, refreshment, and information on what you can do!

If the Keystone XL Pipeline gets built, tar sands oil will travel through Montana, to Texas, on its way to export.[1]China’s CO2 emissions have already overtaken ours (US 16%, China 28%)2. With the world’s dependence on fossil fuel for most all its development, we are poised to bust through the ‘safe’ amount of CO2e in the atmosphere in 15 years3. Globally, we need to start reducing, not increasing, our CO2e in the next 2 to 7 years to keep that from happening[2].

Keeping a lock on the tars sands (and undeveloped MT coal deposits) will help open the investment door to the mother of invention and energy efficiency.

For tabling, cosponsor, and volunteer opportunities and questions, call Kristen,[masked], or go to [masked], facebook event page:

Co-Sponsors: Bozeman Climate Alliance, Montana Women For, Sierra Club,, Blue Skies Campaign, MSU NECO, MT Audubon, National Wildlife Federation, Montana Conservation Voters Education Fund, Montana Environmental Education Center, Northern Plains Resource Council

Did you know?

Tar sands oil starts out like tar. It has to get heated underground with super hot water and chemicals to get it out of the ground. It wastes a lot of energy (and clean water) to get energy.

Life cycle emissions from tar sands are 3.2 to 4.5 times greater than conventional oil.[4]

Tar sands oil still has some sand in it, plus chemicals added to thin it, making it highly corrosive to pipes. The Environmental Impact Statement acknowledges that leaks will happen.

Demand for tar sands oil is in part due to its liquid form- it can be a transportation fuel, used in cars, planes (Koch tar sands oil supplies the Minneapolis airport), etc., unlike coal.

PETCOKE (petroleum-coke) is a by-product of tar sands processing. 60% of Petcoke was exported in 2011, and can be burned in coal fired plants, emitting 5 -10% more CO 2 than coal.[4]

1. RAN


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  • Nina G.

    Is anyone going to Helena today for the 3 p.m. hearing on SB281? I would like a ride if someone is, because I wish to go. I've never been to a legislative hearing in Helena, only living here in Bozeman for the last 1 and 1/2 years. I found the meetup inspiring, and want to get more involved.

    February 18, 2013

  • Kristen W.

    Thanks to everyone who volunteered, attended and spoke! Super day. Plenty to do, including saying NO XL

    February 17, 2013

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