Thom Yorke, lead singer of Radiohead, let fans know exactly how he feels about the Alberta tar sands and the U.S. government’s pending decision to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project that would transport toxic crude oil across thousands of miles of American countryside.
“President Obama is soon to make a decision on whether to press one of THE big red climate self destruct buttons,” Yorke wrote on the band’s blog Thursday in a post titled ‘Real vs. Astroturf.‘
Obama is “under considerable pressure from a fake grassroots campaign funded by um…certain interested parties (its called Astroturfing) into allowing the Tar Sands nightmare to go ahead,” Yorke continued. The singer also encouraged his fans and readers to educate themselves about the tar sands and to think about taking action to stop them.
“If you don’t know anything about the Tar Sands have a quick google…as seems to be the way of politics this won’t happen unless a strong show of resistance can be seen to help obama say no.”
The Keystone pipeline crosses crucial areas like the Oglalla Aquifer where a spill would be disastrous—and though the pipeline companies insist they are using ‘state of the art’ technologies that should leak only once every 7 years, the precursor pipeline and its pumping stations have leaked a dozen times in the past year. These local impacts alone would be cause enough to block such a plan. But the Keystone Pipeline would also be a fifteen hundred mile fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the continent, a way to make it easier and faster to trigger the final overheating of our planet, the one place to which we are all indigenous (from tarsandsaction.org).
Yorke’s post also included links to a massive civil disobedience campaign being organized by environmental leaders and tar sands opposition organizations.
And this isn’t the first time the Radiohead front man has used his band’s massive audience to further pro-environmental goals: In March 2010, he took to Radiohead’s site with a ‘Sticky Tar Chart Rant‘ after the Canadian Government’s demand to increase carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at the 2010 Copenhagen Summit. A post later in the same month asked people to see how their banks may be investing their pensions, adding “if you have one, in the Tar Sands of Canada … that is messed up. Your pension won’t be worth s— if you don’t have a planet to live on.”
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