Keep the pressure on President Obama and the State Department to reject Keystone XL
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It's getting hot at the State Department. Yesterday, 200 people protested outside the agency's office in DC, with 60 brave activists risking arrest by blocking the front entrance.1
These everyday activists -- reported in the Washington DC publication The Hill as a group of "college students, religious leaders and grandmothers"2 -- are helping to shine a spotlight on the sham State Department review process that put an oil industry contractor in charge of the environmental analysis of the "game over for the climate" Keystone XL pipeline.
Just before our action, the State Department announced that its Inspector General had in fact launched an investigation into corruption by that contractor, ERM.
We're making progress, but climate change is more urgent than ever - and yet the Obama Administration is still considering approving Keystone XL.
It's up to us to convince President Obama to reject Keystone XL once and for all. Chip in $10 to build a massive civil disobedience campaign to keep the pressure on.
The signs people held as they sat-in opposing the pipeline were truly moving: "Grandmother" "Veteran" "Farmer" "Rabbi" "Jersey Shore Survivor of Hurricane Sandy."
Yesterday's action was a powerful testament to the growing movement against the Keystone XL pipeline, and the growing commitment from Americans across this country to draw a line in the sand and demand that President Obama reject Keystone XL. Just two weeks ago at 350's SummerHeat action in DC, 55 people were arrested for occupying ERM's office.
It's clear that this pressure is being felt by the President. And his recent public statements suggest he may be moving to our side on this issue. But the Tar Sands oil industry is pushing harder than ever for approval of Keystone XL. We can't let up until President Obama rejects this pipeline once and for all.
While the DC police refused to arrest the protestors sitting in yesterday, these activists powerfully demonstrated that our movement is bigger than ever, with over 75,000 people signing the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance3 and committing to risk arrest if necessary to stop President Obama from approving Keystone XL.
Over 75,000 people pledging to risk arrest if the State Department recommends that this "game over" for climate pipeline is in our national interest -- that's big. And it takes an army of organizers working on the ground with volunteer action leaders across the country to plan hundreds of civil disobedience actions.
CREDO, the Other 98% and Rainforest Action Network have big plans to keep sending a message to President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. We're planning momentum building arrest actions at TransCanada's headquarters in Houston and in Secretary Kerry's hometown of Boston. And we'll be announcing hundreds of activist-organized Pledge of Resistance actions across the country where folks will be ready to risk arrest if President Obama and the State Department recommend approval of Keystone XL.
It's a huge organizing effort. And it's what we need to do to win on Keystone XL. Help make it happen.
Chip in $10 to urge President Obama to reject Keystone XL.
We believe organizing makes a difference. It's more powerful than advertising. More true to our values than DC lobbying. And we can't do it on the massive scale necessary to win this fight without your help.Thanks for fighting Keystone XL.
Becky Bond and Elijah Zarlin
1. "Keystone XL protest draws hundreds to the State Department," Huffington Post, 8/12/13
2. "College students, clergy denounce Keystone at State Department," The Hill, 8/12/13
3. Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance
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