VICTORY on XL Pipeline!
We have won a tremendous victory for clean water, clean air, climate, and democracy. President Obama has decided that the U.S. will not go forward with the Keystone Pipeline Project! The Los Angeles Times provides in-depth coverage today: “Obama Administration to Deny Keystone XL permit.”
Many “fractivists,” including Protecting Our Waters and grassroots groups throughout the Marcellus Shale region, got involved in the struggle, fully aware of the insanity that fracked gas is used in the extremely destructive energy production process of tar sands extraction in Canada. Many of us protested at the White House, and some got arrested in civil disobedience actions as part of the campaign that led up to this victory. Congratulations to the organizers, the participants, and to the will of the people to make democracy work!
Here is an excerpt from the Tar Sands Action website commenting on the victory:
“Assuming that what we’re hearing is true, this isn’t just the right call, it’s the brave call. The knock on Barack Obama from many quarters has been that he’s too conciliatory. But here, in the face of a naked political threat from Big Oil to exact ‘huge political consequences,’ he’s stood up strong. This is a victory for Americans who testified in record numbers, and who demanded that science get the hearing usually reserved for big money.
We’re well aware that the fossil fuel lobby won’t give up easily. They have control of Congress. But as the year goes on, we’ll try to break some of that hammerlock, both so that environmental review can go forward, and so that we can stop wasting taxpayer money on subsidies and handouts to the industry. The action starts mid-day Tuesday on Capitol Hill, when 500 referees will blow the whistle on Big Oil’s attempts to corrupt the Congress.”
And oh hey Pennsylvanians, if you’re reading this and suddenly realize you forgot to call your PA legislators yesterday to stop a fracking takeover of PA (through an impact fee law that would pre-empt municipalities’ ability to limit or ban fracking operations within town limits), please use the happy news of this breakthrough to remind you we CAN win, and make that phone call now, eh? All the info, including a link to letters you can send, is right here. Thanks, Protectors!