Here at Powershift 2011, climate activists are talking about the tar sands. Today we'll hear a panel consisting of Danielle Droitsch, Director of U.S. Policy at the Pembina Institute (Alberta); Zach Porter, Campaign Coordinator at All Against The Haul (Montana); Ashley Anderson, Director of Peaceful Uprising (Utah); Elizabeth Shope from the Natural Resources Defense Council; Ryan Salmon, Energy Policy Advisor for the National Wildlife Federation's Climate and Energy Program; Alex Moore, Dirty Fuels Campaigner at Friends of the Earth (San Francisco) and Brant Olson from Rainforest Action Network.
Across town from Powershift near the Lincoln Memorial is the US Department of State, which yesterday released the tentative copy of the environmental impact statement for TransCanada's Keystone XL oil pipeline. The 320 page "supplemental" document is a follow up to the first environmental impact statement which drew heavy criticism from the EPA, ultimately delaying US approval of the Keystone XL to this point. The State Department will be accepting public comments from April 22nd to June 6th. More on where to send letters coming soon.