Radiohead Sounds Off on Pipeline

Frontman Thom Yorke calls out Obama

Thom Yorke

Radiohead's Thom Yorke     Photo: radioedit/Flickr

Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke voiced his opposition to the planned Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline on the band’s blog on Thursday. “President Obama is soon to make a decision on whether to press one of THE big red climate self destruct buttons,” Yorke wrote in reference to the planned 1,600-mile pipe that would carry oil from Alberta, Canada, across at least six states and two provinces, to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The House of Representatives has given the president until Nov. 1 to make a decision on the pipeline, but the Senate has not yet approved this legislation. Yorke went on to promote the upcoming “Stop the Pipeline!” sit-in protest scheduled for August 20-Sept. 3 in Washington D.C. Yorke joins actor Mark Ruffalo and Canadian musician Sarah Harmer in opposing the pipeline. The vast amount of oil beneath Alberta’s tar sands makes it an important source for the U.S., and a completed pipeline would carry more than 1 million barrels per day. Controversy has erupted over the ecological impacts of the pipeline itself, such as leaks and habitat destruction, as well as the increase in greenhouse gases that could result from easy access to so much oil. The U.S. State Department plans to release a statement about the impact this month. Keystone XL would be an addition to TransCanada’s existing Keystone pipeline, which has experienced several oil leaks this year.

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