Whatcha you talking about here Willis? What’s Keystone got to do with it (debt ceiling)?
This week Republicans in Congress moved to marry the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline to the upcoming debt ceiling vote.
It’s turning lawmaking into hostage-taking and using the people in the path of this dangerous, dirty pipeline as little more than bargaining chips.
Last week, Congressional Republicans moved to marry the upcoming debt ceiling vote to an up-or-down decision on the Keystone pipeline. This is not lawmaking, it’s hostage-taking. It’s a trick of procedure that will tie the fates of every single person who lives in the path of Keystone XL to the necessary debt ceiling vote.
We need to speak up right now, and we need to speak loudly.
The people in the path deserve a legitimate vote on what will happen to their homes. The rest of us deserve genuine debate on whether this pipeline will cut through our country at absolutely no benefit to American consumers — and at the expense of our heartland’s economy, lands, and waters.
Click here to sign the petition demanding a clean vote instead of a hostage negotiation:
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Together, we changed the game on Keystone XL. Now let’s win it.
This summer President Obama spoke out on Keystone XL, saying he’d reject the pipeline if he found that it meant a significant increase in carbon emissions. But it’s still quite a fight: the Canadian government has doubled-down to cut a deal on the pipeline, and big oil has stepped up the pressure in Congress. And so have we.
Last Saturday, thousands of us Drew the Line on Keystone XL and the tar sands, the most widespread action in the U.S. against the tar sands yet. Our plan for the rest of 2013 is to press our advantage, and push the President to take decisive action to stop the pipeline as soon as possible.
350 has always run our part of this campaign with the (figurative) pedal to the floor, but we need to keep the batteries charged for the next steps.
Many of you have written to ask about what’s next, and I’m happy to report that we’ve got big plans.
Here’s what we want to do through the end of 2013:
- Win the debate on science. America’s top climate scientists agree that Keystone XL would be a climate disaster. We’re taking this consensus to the grassroots with a plan to hold town hall discussions in communities with a creative presentation across the country to lay out the facts of why the tar sands are so dangerous, and why the climate movement has focused so much on fighting Keystone XL.
- Bring the fight to the President. We’ve led or supported over 35 demonstrations against the pipeline at Obama Administration events this year. We want to step that up, with better visuals and bigger events to make our message un-missable wherever he goes.
- Fight back against the attempts to push the pipe through Congress. We’ve defeated half a dozen attempts to push the pipeline through Congress already, and we’re ready to keep fighting. We’ve seen time and time again that oil lobbyists are no match for strong organizing, which is why we’ll be doubling down in key states with more trainings for activist networks fighting to keep their Senators in line.
- Expand our work against other tar sands plans. Big Oil wants you to believe that tar sands will be exploited some other way if not through Keystone. But the community organizing we’ve seen from our partners in Canada, across the Gulf Coast, through the Midwest and in New England is proving them wrong. We want to take the successful models of local activism and replicate them across the country to keep the oil where it belongs — in Canada, in the ground.
Help carry this momentum into the next year and finish what we started.
As always, these are big plans — but if anyone can pull it off, I think it’s probably us, working together.
State Dept. Ignores Keystone XL’s Ugly Toll on Wildlife – Watch Video
If the Keystone XL pipeline is built, at least a dozen of America’s endangered species will be in harm’s way, including whooping cranes, northern swift foxes, black-footed ferrets, piping plovers and pallid sturgeon. A new report by the Center finds that the State Department’s review of Keystone largely ignores how oil spills (34,000 gallons per year, the government estimates), 378 miles of new power lines, habitat destruction, and expanded tar sands development will affect some of the country’s most imperiled species.
These aren’t just bureaucratic oversights. If endangered species are ignored, they’ll pay a heavy price when the 1,700-mile pipeline is built in some of the last places on Earth they survive.
“This is yet another black eye in the Keystone XL debacle. The State Department has utterly failed in its duty to fully disclose — or to reduce — the impacts of this pipeline on some of the rarest animals and plants in this country,” said the Center’s Noah Greenwald.
Thousands Rally Against Keystone, Dangerous Fossil Fuels – Thank You
Talk about inspiring. Last weekend thousands of Americans from coast to coast took to the streets against Keystone XL and other projects that will push our climate closer to catastrophe. The Center, along with 350.org and other allies, was part of a national day of action called “Draw the Line.”
We were out in force in California’s Pinnacles National Park, Albuquerque, Vermont, Florida and beyond. It was great to see so many people from so many walks of life standing together for wildlife, a healthy planet, and safe, sane sources of energy. We had a blast, especially with those who showed up with their own costumes, masks and signs.
Thanks to all of you who turned out — and stay tuned for our next day of action.
Take a look at this gallery of photos from events around the country.
- Republicans could force Keystone XL approval with must-pass debt bill (fuelfix.com)
- TransCanada exec confident controversial Keystone pipeline will be approved (missoulian.com)
- If Movement Fails to Draw the Line Against Keystone XL in TX & OK, We All Flunk the Climate Test (huffingtonpost.com)
- Court hearing on Keystone XL pipeline live Friday on NET (journalstar.com)
- Tar Sands Blockade Condemn Keystone XL Project Director’s Home With the People’s Eminent Domain for Draw the Line National Day of Action (tarsandsblockade.org)
- Neil Young: Tar Sands Fields ‘Look Like Hiroshima’ (commondreams.org)
- Area Keystone XL activists ‘Draw the Line Through Hardwick’ on pipeline proposal as part of National Day of Action (vtdigger.org)
- Corroding Our Democracy: Canada Silences Scientists, Targets Environmentalists in Tar Sands Push (rinf.com)
- Stand Up to the Keystone XL Corporate Bosses (understory.ran.org)
- Why Keystone Flunks the Climate Test (sierraclub.typepad.com)