Trump recklessly signed executive orders to green light the climate-threatening, water-poisoning Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, and seeks Senate confirmation for avowed climate deniers to serve in his cabinet. This is unacceptable!
As Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) friend Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) said:
The dangers of oil pipelines like The Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline are clear and deeply alarming. Just weeks ago, a leak in the Belle Fourche Pipeline spilled 176,000 gallons of crude oil into a North Dakota creek. True Companies, Inc., the parent company of Belle Fourche, has also reported an additional 36 spills totaling 320,000 gallons of petroleum products in Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota since 2006.
This is alarmingly common with oil pipelines across the country. The responsibility we have to protect our precious water is great, and cannot be taken lightly. Without water, there is no life, there are no jobs, there is no future.
Will you help us launch our Panels Not Pipelines campaign? We need you to pitch in whatever you can afford right now to help us build the movement to stop these pipelines and keep fossil fuels safely in the ground!
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PDA National Advisory Board member Rep. Raul Grijalva, (AZ-7), called out the Trump pipeline policies:
Even for a president who mistakes his own whims for the rule of law and corporate profits for the public interest, these orders are irresponsible. These pipelines are being approved because President Trump wants to make polluter corporations happy, not because they’re good for the country.
If either of these pipelines is finalized, the damage to water quality, public health, and eventually our climate will be on his hands. Approving the Dakota Access project in particular violates Native American sovereignty, treaty rights and federal trust responsibility which the Obama administration rightly recognized when it decided the pipeline needed further review.
PDA ally Our Revolution explained the impending consequences clearly:
It is clear Donald Trump is willing to prioritize the fossil fuel industry over the health and well-being of our planet. If these pipelines are built, it will have devastating effects on the climate, our land and our water. Additionally, it goes against the will of millions of people who stood up to oppose these pipelines in the first place.
PDA ally, 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben provided important context explaining:
More people sent comments against Dakota Access and Keystone XL to the government than any project in history. The world's climate scientists and its Nobel laureates explained over and over why it was unwise and immoral. In one of his first actions as president, Donald Trump ignores all that in his eagerness to serve the oil industry. It's a dark day for reason, but we will continue the fight.
This is not a done deal. The last time around, TransCanada was so confident they literally mowed the strip where they planned to build the pipeline, before people power stopped them. People will mobilize again.
Can we count on your help to launch our Panels Not Pipelines campaign? We need you to pitch in $500, $50, or $5 whatever you can afford right now to help us stop these pipelines and keep fossil fuels safely in the ground!
Mike Hersh for Donna, Judy, Mike F, Deb, Dan, Teva, Kim, Janis, and Amos
Your Progressive Democrats of America National Team
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