Citizen Action Monitor

New video ads oppose Keystone XL pipeline

Bad news — last year supporters of the pipeline outspent opponents 35 to 1

No 713 Posted by fw, April 08, 2013

In addition to two of the video ads shown below, the author of this piece added a third video, revealing the mess created by Exxon’s “cleanup” power-wash of diluted bitumen, which spilled over into other areas.

Click on the following title to access the original story, or see the reprint below.

All Risk, No Reward: New Coalition Makes Compelling Case Against Keystone XL Pipeline, Ryan Koronowski, Climate Progress, Apr 8, 2013

A group called “All Risk, No Reward” aired ads opposing the Keystone pipeline yesterday during the Sunday news shows and will soon be targeting Democratic donors and youth.

This new ad makes the case that the oil will spill frequently as it is pumped through the U.S. on its way to be exported out of the country. This would not help American energy security and only create 35 permanent jobs:

This second piece features a rancher who’d rather not see other countries benefit from a toxic sludge going through and endangering his land:

All Risk, No Reward consists of a number of national and regional groups:

  • League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
  • League of Women Voters
  • Indigenous Environmental Network
  • Bold Nebraska
  • Keystone XL Truthforce
  • STOP Tarsands
  • Sandhills Beef
  • Nebraska Farmers Union
  • Nebraska Interfaith Power and Light
  • League of Women Voters Nebraska, and
  • Dakota Rural Action

This effort arrives on the scene as the government of Alberta has been lobbying the U.S. government and  waging a PR campaign of its own to advocate approval of the pipeline. In fact, last year supporters of the pipeline outspent opponents 35 to 1.

One video unlikely to show up on a national TV spot: what the cleanup of a tar sands oil spill looks like in Arkansas. The scary thing is it looks even worse when burned up into the atmosphere to efficiently help cause climate change.

[In this 3:30-minute video, published on April 6, 2013, Exxon had already partially destroyed this wetland, so they decided to power-wash diluted bitumen spilled in other areas to this area, via storm drains. The level of security – private security and police, as well as Exxon’s no fly zone, make it clear that secrecy was at least one of their motives in moving it here. We went in anyway to show everyone that even the world’s largest corporation does not own the truth and cannot buy silence].


  • All risk, no reward by Randy Thompson, York News Times, [April 5, 2013] – Thompson, landowner and Keystone XL pipeline opponent is chairing a new national organization called the “All Risk, No Reward Coalition” to tell the President that the Keystone XL pipeline is not in our national interest. Thompson naively believes that “once he [Obama] recognizes that the pipeline doesn’t provide any benefits for U.S. citizens, he will have no choice but to reject the pipeline.”
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