Organizers of a rally on climate change are predicting that thousands of people will show up on Sunday in downtown San Francisco to protest the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed Keystone XL would ship dirty tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast, and environmental groups across the nation fiercely oppose it. Sunday’s big rally at One Market Plaza coincides with a massive one planned for Washington DC, along with other events around the nation.to greatly expand the exploitation of tar sands oil, the most-carbon intensive source of energy in the world. Famed NASA scientist James Hansen has said that continuing to mine tar sands in Alberta, Canada will be “game over for the [earth’s] climate.”
“Keystone XL is not just a local pollution issue in the Midwest, it is the fuse of a global climate bomb,” said Jessica DervinAckerman of the Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter in a prepared statement. “If that fuse is lit, hundreds of square miles of Bay Area shoreline are at risk of being flooded by the rising ocean. California's snowpack will continue shrinking, resulting in severe water shortages. Wildfires will grow more frequent and severe, agriculture and other vital economic activities will decline, and species will go extinct.”
More than seventy organizations have endorsed Sunday’s event.