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 Attention Governor Perry: Evolution is a Fact: By Richard Dawkins   :  Information Clearing House News


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Nation’s Largest Environmental Organizations Stand Together To Oppose Oil PipelineTar Sands Action


Nation’s Largest Environmental Organizations Stand Together To Oppose Oil PipelineTar Sands Action / News ReportPublished: Thursday 25 August 2011
“Another 56 people headed to jail in the largest civil disobedience protests in the environmental movement’s recent history.”

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Wash­ing­ton, DC — The heads of the na­tion’s largest en­vi­ron­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions—often at odds on the best strat­egy for com­bat­ing cli­mate change—re­leased a let­ter today call­ing on Pres­i­dent Obama to block the Key­stone XL oil pipeline, which would span from the tar sands of Al­berta to the Gulf of Mex­ico. (1)

As an­other 56 peo­ple headed to jail today in the largest civil dis­obe­di­ence protests in the en­vi­ron­men­tal move­ment’s re­cent his­tory (2), the lead­ers of groups as di­verse as Green­peace and the En­vi­ron­men­tal De­fense Fund told the pres­i­dent, “there is not an inch of day­light be­tween our pol­icy po­si­tion on the Key­stone XL pipeline, and those of the pro­test­ers being ar­rested daily out­side the White House.”

“On an issue as com­pli­cated as cli­mate, there will often be dis­agree­ments over tac­tics and goals—just re­call the dif­fer­ences over the Sen­ate cli­mate bill this time last year,” said Bill McK­ibben, one of the or­ga­niz­ers of the protests for tarsandsaction.​org. “But there are some pro­jects so ob­vi­ously dan­ger­ous that they unify every­one, and the Key­stone XL pipeline is the best ex­am­ple yet.”

The lead­ers of the Nat­ural Re­sources De­fense Coun­cil, the Sierra Club, the En­vi­ron­men­tal De­fense Fund, the Na­tional Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion, Green­peace, Friends of the Earth, and the Rain­for­est Ac­tion Net­work also made it clear they counted on Pres­i­dent Obama to take de­ci­sive ac­tion to block the pipeline. “We ex­pect noth­ing less,” they said, de­scrib­ing the pipeline bat­tle as “per­haps the biggest cli­mate test you face be­tween now and the elec­tion” and adding that deny­ing the per­mit would trig­ger a “surge of en­thu­si­asm from the green base that sup­ported you so strongly in the last elec­tion.”

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In their let­ter, the lead­ers cited dan­gers to the cli­mate, the risks of dis­as­trous spills and leaks, and the eco­nomic dam­age that will come from con­tin­ued de­pen­dence on fos­sil fuel in their let­ter, con­clud­ing, “this is a ter­ri­ble pro­ject.”

The civil dis­obe­di­ence protests—now in their fifth day, and sched­uled to last through Sep­tem­ber 3—played some role in the lead­ers’ de­ci­sion to take a stand, though many of the or­ga­ni­za­tions do not them­selves en­gage in such protest.

“I have worked in the en­vi­ron­men­tal move­ment since the first earth day in 1970, and this is re­mind­ing me of the spirit and unity we had back then. We are all to­gether on this,” said Gus Speth, a founder of the NRDC in the 1970s and head of the Coun­cil on En­vi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity under Pres­i­dent Carter, who was among those ar­rested last Sat­ur­day and spent two nights in DC’s Cen­tral Cell Block.

“For those of us out there in front of the White House, the best thing about this ring­ing state­ment is that the ad­min­is­tra­tion won’t be able to play one group off against an­other by mak­ing small con­ces­sions here and there,” said McK­ibben. “They’ve all shown that there is one way to demon­strate to the en­vi­ron­men­tal base that the rhetoric of Obama’s 2008 cam­paign is still mean­ing­ful—and that’s to veto this pipeline. Since he can do it with­out even con­sult­ing Con­gress, this is one case where we’ll be able to see ex­actly how will­ing he is to match the rhetoric of his 2008 cam­paign.”

1. The text of the let­ter fol­lows:

Dear Pres­i­dent Obama:Many of the or­ga­ni­za­tions we head do not en­gage in civil dis­obe­di­ence; some do. Re­gard­less, speak­ing as in­di­vid­u­als, we want to let you know that there is not an inch of day­light be­tween our pol­icy po­si­tion on the Key­stone Pipeline and those of the very civil pro­test­ers being ar­rested daily out­side the White House. This is a ter­ri­ble pro­ject–many of the coun­try’s lead­ing cli­mate sci­en­tists have ex­plained why in their let­ter last month to you. It risks many of our na­tional trea­sures to leaks and spills. And it re­duces in­cen­tives to make the tran­si­tion to job-cre­at­ing clean fuels.

You have a clear shot to deny the per­mit, with­out any in­ter­fer­ence from Con­gress. It’s per­haps the biggest cli­mate test you face be­tween now and the elec­tion. If you block it, you will trig­ger a surge of en­thu­si­asm from the green base that sup­ported you so strongly in the last elec­tion. We ex­pect noth­ing less.

Sin­cerely,

Fred Krupp, En­vi­ron­men­tal De­fense Fund­Michael Brune, Sierra ClubFrances Bei­necke, Nat­ural Re­sources De­fense Coun­cil­Phil Rad­ford, Green­peace­Larry Schweiger, Na­tional Wildlife Fed­er­a­tionEr­ich Pica, Friends of the Earth­Re­becca Tar­bot­ton, Rain­for­est Ac­tion Net­work­May Boeve, 350.​orgGene Karpin­ski, League of Con­ser­va­tion Vot­ers­Margie Alt, En­vi­ron­ment Amer­ica

2. To date, 275 peo­ple have been ar­rested at the White House protest­ing the Key­stone XL pipeline.

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