On June 4, 2008, President Obama secured the Democratic bid for President. His speech included the words,
“I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children…this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”
Over 3 years after the ring of this memorable speech, the Keystone XL Pipeline is gaining ground within his administration. The pipeline, running from tar sands in Canada to refineries in Texas, would disturb indigenous communities- First Nations in Canada, as well as tribes along the pipeline into the U.S- and would not be in line with the promise of a healing planet. Not only does the pipeline endanger communities, but it also run across the Oglalla Aquifer, putting drinking water at risk.
Unfortunately, it seems as though special interests are winning once again- the largest donor to political campaigns, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is calling for the White House to “move quickly to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.” The Iron Triangle isn’t broken with Secretary of State Clinton being “inclined” to recommend that construction move ahead.
This is the time when the general public needs to join together in civil disobedience to oppose a plan built on “business-as-usual” rather than sound government and environmental responsibility. Bill McKibben, author and environmental activist, asks you to do just that. Sign up here to participate in a series of peaceful protests on the White House.
tarsandsaction.org: From August 20th – September 3rd we’re planning a peaceful protest in Washington DC to defuse the largest carbon bomb in North America.
With people power and time-tested tactics of civil disobedience – join thousands of people from across the continent in a wave of sustained sit-ins. Together we’ll amplify our voices and escalate the movement and stop the Keystone XL pipeline to the Canadian tar sands.
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