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President Obama: Say no or start over clean on Keystone XL

10 Nov
There’s lots of rumors coming out today that the State Department could be considering delaying or rerouting the Keystone XLPipeline. 

That’s not good enough. The fact remains: Rerouting and delaying the Keystone XL does not solve the problem; that the Tar Sandspipeline is a fuse to a massive carbon bomb. 

There is already more than enough evidence for the President and the State Department to simply declare that the Keystone XL pipeline is not in our national interest, stopping the project. That is what he should do. 

But if the game in Washington DCdoesn’t allow the President to take decisive action, then he clearly has the factual evidence and popular mandate to call for the State Department to start the review process from the beginning and conduct a fair, impartial review that takes into account global warming pollution and is free from the influence of lobbyists. 

I just signed a petition telling the President: “Say no, or start over clean.” Learn more and sign the petition here: 


Standing shoulder to shoulder, changing history.

7 Nov
There are days along any journey that stick with you, and today was one of them.
Under blue Indian Summer skies, more than 12,000 people from every corner of the country descended on Washington DC; then, with great precision, they fanned out to surround the White House and take a stand against the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Here are just a couple of pictures from the day, and you can see lots more by clicking here.
What speaker after speaker today made clear (and they came from every part of our movement: indigenous leaders, labor organizers, environmentalists, young people, preachers) was that today was in no way a grand finale — there’s lots more work to do.
I have no idea how this battle is going to come out — only that, together, we stand a chance to shut down this dirty pipeline and shift the flow not just of oil, but of history. This day was an important part of that history, and we’ll carry its power with us as we take this fight forward.
Thanks in advance for all the work we’ll do together,  shoulder-to-shoulder, on the road ahead.
Bill McKibben for the 350.org team
P.S. This movement milestone deserves to be shared, so forward along this email — and share it on Facebook by clicking here or share it on Twitter by clicking here.

Photo Credits: Josh Lopez and Christine Irvine

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Keystone XL Pipeline Tarsands Action #Canada #p2

26 Oct
Dear friends,
I think you’re going to like this video: 

Last week, actor Mark Ruffalo took “the people’s microphone” at Occupy Wall Street — not to promote a new movie, but to issue a powerful call to action. In under three minutes, Mark connects the dots between the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, fracking, Occupy Wall Street, and the big action planned in DC for November 6th. Mark’s speech captures exactly the kind of energy we’ll need to win this fight.
Click here to watch Mark’s video, and click here to share it on Facebook.
People across the country have been feeling frustrated: frustrated with the corporate control of our democracy, frustrated with the rising levels of pollution in our atmosphere, and frustrated by the lack of a movement powerful enough to turn the tide. We are seeing that frustration reflected in the #occupy events that are growing throughout the country — but frustration alone is not enough.
As Mark says in the video, the task ahead of us is to “turn our grief into winnable action. November 6th is a winnable action!”
The November 6th action in DC is shaping up to be a historical mobilization for this movement. As Mark describes it, “We’re going to make a Human Chain around the White House — to remind Obama to unlink his arms with the corporations, the gas and oil industry, and entwine his arms with the people that he is in charge of taking care of.”
Sounds like a plan to me.
Let’s do this,
Jamie Henn, 350.org 

Where can I get more information about the November 6th action in DC?
You can sign up here and get more logistical info right here.  Also, tonight at 8 PM Eastern Time, Bill McKibben will be hosting a live video chat to talk about what we need to do before November 6th to make this action even bigger. To join in, just go to www.tarsandsaction.org/video-chat at 8 PM Eastern and press play.
What is “fracking”?
Hydraulic fracturing, AKA “fracking”, is is a method of gas extraction that involves injecting highly-toxic chemicals deep underground to fracture rock formations. There are significant concerns about the effects of fracking on drinking water quality, air quality, and greenhouse gas emissions.
Who is this Mark Ruffalo guy?
You probably recognize him from popular movies — recently he’s been in “The Kids are All Right”, “You Can Count on Me”, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, and more. Recently, Mark has emerged as a powerful spokesperson and campaigner for the anti-fracking movement.
What is the people’s microphone — and why is everyone repeating what Mark says in the video?
At Occupy Wall Street in New York, amplified sound (speakers, megaphones, etc. ) are prohibited, so people have gotten creative in order to make their voices heard. When someone uses the “people’s mic”, a speaker will say a line, and then everyone in earshot will repeat it and amplify it so the larger group can hear. It can be a bit slow going, but it’s proven to be a powerful tool for the direct democracy that’s at work at #occupy events around the country.

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21 Oct


History is in motion, and we are in the midst of a powerful movement moment. Will you join the 99% by taking part in your local occupy event?
Click here to learn more and find a local event >>

Have you been wondering if you should join an #occupy event in your city?
In the last few weeks, #OccupyWallStreet has grown from a small encampment in downtown New York City to a global movement, with thousands of occupations popping up everywhere from icy Fairbanks to sunny Tallahassee.
I’ve heard from hundreds of people in our network who are taking part in events. People in the 350 movement around the world are helping facilitate discussions, funding bicycle generators at encampments, and making the connection between the crimes on Wall Street and the pollution in our atmosphere.
For those of you who haven’t yet visited or joined an occupation, I want to encourage you to join “the 99%” and support this growing movement. To help out, we’ve put together some resources, fact sheets, sign ideas, and a list of occupations.
Click here to find an occupation near you: www.350.org/occupy
You don’t necessarily need to camp out to help support this movement. You can also attend the daily general assemblies, take part in discussion groups, donate supplies or money, or put your unique artistic, media, or culinary skills to work. If you’ve been with 350.org for a while, this open-source approach probably feels familiar. It’s more like a potluck where everyone brings a dish than a dinner party with a single host.
Remember, all of these #occupy events are being organized by a unique crowd-led, consensus-based process. There will likely be some parts of your local occupation that you love, and other things you might want to change. There’s no way to know exactly what each local #occupy event will look and feel like, so I’ve been encouraging everyone I know to approach each event with an open-mind and a good deal of flexibility.
Why should people who care about the climate join the #occupy movement? Here’s one answer: for years, Wall Street has been occupying our atmosphere, backing the huge oil, gas and coal corporations that have polluted our air, water and communities with impunity. And time and again, these members of the 1% have blocked the clean energy and climate legislation that would benefit the other 99% of us.
Take the Keystone XL pipeline that 350.org has been working to stop, it’s a classic example of this cronyism at work. First, we found out that the pipeline company’s chief lobbyist was a former campaign manager for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Next, it turned out the consultants the State Department hired to conduct an environmental impact statement for the pipeline were recommended by the pipeline company itself — is it any wonder they concluded Keystone XL would have no environmental impact? Now, we’re learning that the Koch Brothers are among those who stand to benefit most from the pipeline’s construction.
It’s time to take the pollution out of politics, and the #occupy movement has opened a door to do just that. Now it’s up to all of us to walk through it.
Whether you join an #occupy event this week or join the big Keystone XL protest at the White House this November 6, this is a unique time in the movement for change. Let’s shape it together.
In solidarity,
Phil Aroneanu for the 350.org team
P.S. Let’s harness the power of social media to make #occupy as big and bold as possible. Click here to share it on Facebook and click here to share it on Twitter.
P.P.S. We’d love to check out your photos, videos, signs from #OccupyWallStreet and share them with the 350 network! Please email in your best #OccupyWallStreet photo as an attachment to photos@350.org, or post on our Facebook Wall.

Tell Oprah: Stop promoting tar sands lies on your network

14 Sep
CREDO Action | more than a network. a movement.

Tell Oprah: Stop airing dirty tar sands lies on your network.

Oprah shouldn’t allow her network to promote these exploitative ads.
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“Oprah, don’t allow your network to exploit both women and the environment. Renounce the misleading ‘Ethical Oil’ ads promoting the environmentally catastrophic Canadian tar sands oil as a means to empower women in Saudi Arabia.”

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Dear Friend,

Oprah Winfrey is a respected voice who has fought hard to advance the rights and lives of women all over the world.

But now she’s allowing that work to be co-opted, by validating on her network a dangerous campaign of flat out lies that promote the development of the Canadian tar sands.

‘Ethical Oil’ is a purportedly grassroots Canadian group, but it has major ties to the tar sands industry. The astroturf group ran an ad last week exclusively on Oprah’s Canadian TV station, pushing the lie that developing the tar sands will aid the plight of women living in the oppressive Saudi regime, by reducing demand for Saudi oil.1

The ad is the worst kind of propaganda that manages to exploit both women and our environment.2 Oprah shouldn’t let a legitimate concern for the rights of women be co-opted to promote the dirtiest oil in the world, while keeping us addicted to the oil that fuels the Saudi regime.

Tell Oprah: Denounce the dirty tar sands lies broadcast on your network — it’s outrageous to suggest that exploiting Canadian tar sands oil will empower women in the Middle East. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

The Keystone XL pipeline is primarily being built to help export dirty Canadian oil from ports in Texas and Louisiana to Asia and Europe.3 And incredibly, one of the Gulf Coast refineries that would process this tar sands oil is half owned by Saudi Arabia’s national oil company.4 So if anything, this tar sands oil will make the Saudis even richer.

The Keystone XL pipeline, the key to rapid development of tar sands oil, won’t help reduce America’s reliance on Middle East oil one bit. But the fact of the matter is we need to confront climate change by drastically reducing our consumption of oil no matter where it is produced.

Tell Oprah: Denounce the dirty tar sands lies broadcast on your network. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

The unconscionable ad of ‘Ethical Oil’ aims to tug at the heart strings with stories of unjust arrests of Saudi women — glossing over environmental devastation in Canada, massive oil spill risk in the US, major escalation of the carbon emissions that threaten our future, and the fact that Keystone XL pipeline won’t actually reduce our demand for Saudi oil.

None of those is the least bit ethical. Oprah should do the right thing and denounce the ads, stop running them on all her stations, and explain that we must end our dependence on all oil.

Tell Oprah: Denounce the dirty tar sands lies broadcast on your network. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. “‘Ethical Oil’ TV Ads Re-Brand Canada Oil Sands On Oprah Winfrey Network,” Huffington Post, August 28, 2011
2. “Open Letter to Oprah Winfrey on ‘Ethical Oil’ Ads,” DeSmog Blog, September 7, 2011
3. “Key facts on Keystone XL,” Tar Sands Action
4. “U.S. Oil Giants Poised to Gain on Keystone Pipeline,” National Journal, August 5, 2011



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