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Alec Johnson said it would be a smart move for Sherrod Brown to take a stand against Keystone XL.


“Poll after poll shows that when you explain to people, among other things, the truth about the Keystone XL pipeline, they oppose it. They want clean energy job production. They understand where our future is going to be generated and it’s not be looking toward these technologies of the past.”


Johnson said there is an enormous amount of misinformation about Keystone XL.

He said oil companies are lying in order to build support for the pipeline, and that the companies seek to risk damage to public health and the environment in order to make big profits by selling the tar sands oil to foreign countries.


“This is a bad deal for Americans. This is a bad deal for Ohioans. This is a bad deal for the world, and we mean to oppose it. We mean to stop it.”


A couple of weeks earlier, Johnson took part in a protest against Keystone XL which took place at the Westchester office of Republican Congressman John Boehner. Johnson said Boehner is the poster boy for big oil corruption in Congress.


“He’s received an enormous amount of money from the fossil fuel lobby. He does their bidding routinely, predictably. This is just nuts.”


Danny Berchenko of Ohio said Boehner has taken more than $1 million from the fossil fuel industry during his time in Congress.


“He also has hundreds of thousands in personal investments in big oil companies which stand to benefit from tar sands oil extraction.”


Johnson said what Boehner is doing is a form of insider trading.


“If you or I engaged in this kind of behavior, we’d go to prison. Instead, he’s going to wind up making money by taking advantage of our public trust and abusing it.”


Boehner’s office has not responded to requests for comment from WCRS.

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Taken on February 15, 2012