Action in Washington, DC: Stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

13 Aug

Links of Interest:

Tar Sands Action Click here.

Tar Sands Action twitter Click here.

Change.org petitions Click here.

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Action in Washington, DC: Stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

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This isn’t an everyday request. I’d like you to consider doing something really big: joining me and nearly 2,000 people, and risking arrest to stop President Obama from making a really big mistake.

The President must decide before the end of the year if he will approve or deny the Keystone XL pipeline.

It would ship environmentally catastrophic Canadian tar sands oil through Texas to the Gulf of Mexico; posing a massive spill risk along the way, and speeding the rapid consumption of this oil across the globe, essentially spelling “game over” for our hope of returning earth to a stable climate.1

It’s up to President Obama. He does not have to negotiate with Congress or industry.As his State Department reviews the permit, the decision — which could have a devastating impact on the livability of our nation, and our world — is entirely in his hands.

We’ve lost too many climate fights already. We need a massive, historic show of pressure to make sure we don’t lose this one. The President just granted approval for offshore oil drilling in the Arctic and recently opened vast new areas to coal mining. And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton previously said she was “inclined” to approve this pipeline. But now it’s up to President Obama to defuse the largest carbon bomb on the continent.

To raise massive pressure on the President, there will be a historic daily sit-in in front of the White House every day from August 20th to September 3rd.

Nearly 2,000 people — over 100 a day — have already signed up for a day to risk arrest in peaceful protest. I’ll be there. And so will other CREDO staffers and CREDO Action members, many of us who are traveling across the country to take a stand. Can you be there for one of the days, too?

Sign up to join the sit in at the White House between August 20th to September 3rd.

This action is being organized by leading climate activists including Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein and climate scientist James Hansen. The CEOs and directors of nearly 30 leading environmental organizations, including CREDO’s Michael Kieschnick and Laura Scher, are urging people to participate.2

While arrests are a potential outcome from this action — being arrested is not the goal: Our intent is to send a message that these issues are so urgent and serious that we will escalate our pressure and commitment to make sure that the Keystone XL Pipeline is not approved. If that involves risking arrest, we are prepared and willing to take that risk and deal with the consequences. We believe that the risks of inaction are far greater than the risks of taking action.

Sit-ins and civil disobedience were at the heart of the civil rights movement, and helped end South African apartheid.

Today, in this summer of record-breaking extreme weather, corporate polluters have more power than ever to block sustainable energy sources and keep us locked in our destructive dependence on fossil fuels. Oil refining giants like the Koch brothers want to build this pipeline to build their fortune, shipping the tar sands oil from Texas to be burned across the globe.

But President Obama does not have to negotiate with them, or the global warming deniers in congress who do their bidding.

It is President Obama’s decision alone — but it’s up to us to make sure that he feels so much pressure that he can’t possibly approve this pipeline to disaster.

Please read the invitation from the organizers below this message and join me, other CREDO staff, CREDO Action members and nearly 2000 Americans in taking a stand against dirty oil, to powerfully urge our president to do the same.

Sign up to join the sit in at the White House between August 20th to September 3rd.

Thank you for fighting for an oil-free future.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. “Keystone XL Pipeline,” Friends of the Earth
2. “A Letter from the Nation’s Leading Environmental Organizations,” Peaceful Uprising

We know we’re asking a lot. You should think long and hard on it, and pray if you’re the praying type. But to us, it’s as much privilege as burden to get to join this fight in the most serious possible way. We hope you’ll join us.

Maude Barlow — Chair, Council of Canadians
Wendell Berry — Author and Farmer
Tom Goldtooth — Director, Indigenous Environmental Network
Danny Glover — Actor
James Hansen — Climate Scientist
Wes Jackson — Agronomist, President of the Land Insitute
Naomi Klein — Author and Journalist
Bill McKibben — Writer and Environmentalist
George Poitras — Mikisew Cree Indigenous First Nation
Gus Speth — Environmental Lawyer and Activist
David Suzuki — Scientist, Environmentalist and Broadcaster
Joseph B. Uehlein — Labor organizer and environmentalist

 

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