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American Petroleum Institute To Grant Congress Permission to Stop Funding Iraq War and Occupation

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The activist group No War, No Warming today announced that they will be celebrating outside the headquarters of the American Petroleum Institute Wednesday morning beginning at 8:30 a.m. The API is located at 1220 L St. NW, at the corner of 13th and L.

Activists will be celebrating the expected announcement by API that it is changing its name to the Alternative Power Institute. Its first act as the new API is anticipated to be the notification of every member of the United States House and Senate whom it has legally bribed in recent years that, in light of API's just announced transition to promotion of renewable energy technologies, there is no further requirement to fund the occupation of Iraq.

Activists will also be distributing API tax rebate coupons to pedestrians and car drivers. The tax rebate will be partial compensation for the approximately $3800 paid by each taxpayer since 2003 for the Iraq war and federal subsidies to Big Oil.

The action at the newly-named Alternative Power Institute is one of a number of actions in Washington, D.C. on March 19th being coordinated by United for Peace and Justice (

No War, No Warming organized a nonviolent civil disobedience action on Capitol Hill last October. 68 people were arrested blockading entrances to the Cannon Office Building and Independence Avenue. (

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