On September 3, nine Cornellians were arrested in Washington, D.C. in an act of civil disobedience to protest the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, one of the dirtiest, most dangerous oil pipelines in the world. Many scientists (our own faculty among them) have spoken out against the pipeline, which would transport tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to the refineries of Texas. The carbon stored in the tar sands is the second largest carbon pool in the world and, if released into the atmosphere, top NASA climatologist, Dr. James Hansen, has said that it would be “game over for the climate.”
On November, 6th we’re going back to D.C. for the Tar Sands Action, not to get arrested–we’ve already shown that we’re willing to sacrifice–but to encircle the White House, an action that has never been done before, with President Obama’s own words from the 2008 campaign trail, so that we can give him a change to stick to his promises to “end the tyranny of oil,” “heal the planet,” and “cool the oceans.”
You can register to Join the 50 Cornellians who are heading down to D.C. right here. Bus seats are only $10-15 round-trip.
A lot has changed since Sept 3rd, but one thing has remained the same: Obama is the one who decides if this pipeline gets built. Here’s a run down of what’s happened since then:
- Flawed Environmental Impact Statement– The State Department allowed firm Cardno Entrix, to conduct the impacts review for the pipeline despite a stunning conflict of interest
- State Department Scandal– TransCanada’s chief lobbyist is Paul Elliott, who is the former manager of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign
- New Obama Hire was TransCanada Lobbyist– The Obama campaign hired a former lobbyist for the pipeline as a new senior advisor to the president’s 2012 re-election campaign
- Lost Public Comments– The State Department has lost tens of thousands of submissions and cannot say how the remainder will be handled or will influence the pending decision
- The Rise to Stop Keystone XL– This amazing new video chronicles the growth of this fight over the past few months
This is going to be an historic action–like the civil rights March on Washington, we are participating in the creation of history, we are changing the American political discourse. And if you’ve been following #OccupyWallStreet, it’s incredible to see the influence of corporations, which are linked the critical decisions that are going to make or break our future. So if you’ve been looking for a demand for the #OccupyWallStreet protest, here’s one: Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline. Mark Ruffalo recently gave a speech, connecting the dots between fracking, the occupation of Wall Street, and our action on November 6th in Washington DC.
But on November 6th, we’re taking a stand. It’s one year before the next Presidential election, and we’re going to remind President Obama just who got him elected in 2008. President Obama must take bold action against dirty energy and represent the interests of people, not profits, by denying the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. President Obama must be the leader we elected him to be and help transform America by creating solutions to both the climate crisis and the economic crisis with real green jobs. We are calling on President Obama to move beyond dirty energy and to jump-start the creation of a thriving, just, sustainable clean energy economy that works for everyone.
This is a matter of justice, of our right to a livable future, to a healthy environment, to true democracy.
Sign up to join the action here! Buses to DC are $10-15 round-trip. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Will you join us?