In January 2014, we told Salon that we thought the Keystone XL pipeline was beatable in 2014.
It looks like we were only one month off.
Today, January 6th, 2015, the White House confirmed what they previously only hinted at: President Obama will veto the Keystone XL pipeline, should Congress pass it.
We at Other98 welcome this declaration from the President.President Obama has made the right decision for this generation and future generations. Climate scientist James Hansen previously warned that Keystone XL would have meant “game over” for the climate, due to its facilitation of dirty tar sands oil extraction. Ant this pipeline, which would create only 35 permanent jobs at best, and may actually destroy more jobs than it creates at worst, has no place in America. We welcome you to join the folks at Oil Change International in thanking President Obama for his Keystone opposition.
Obama’s veto threat comes on the heels of an epic fight in Congress at the end of last year, when the Senate narrowly defeated a bill to build the pipeline.
We’ve written recently that the plummet in oil prices weakened the case for Keystone XL. But today’s veto threat is about more than falling oil prices. This monumental victory couldn’t have been won without activists like you. You helped us make so much noise that Keystone XL became a political non-starter. Some highlights from the fight:
- March 2014: Over 1,200 students protested and 398 were arrested at the White House fence, in an action organized by 350.org
- April 2014: Bold Nebraska, Idle No More, 350.org, Sierra Club, Other98 and many others, supported an unprecedented Cowboy-Indian Alliance opposing the Keystone XL on the National Mall, and used a giant light cannon to project hundreds of your anti-KXL messages onto the EPA building in DC
- Summer 2014: Scores of Climate Justice groups, including Other98 helped provide trainings and do outreach for the biggest climate march the world has ever seen, with more than 400,000 taking the streets in NYC alone.
While now is a time for celebration, there is still work to be done. Help make sure Keystone XL is rejected, once and for all. Call the President to tell him “Thank You” for his veto threat: (202) 456-1111, or send him an email to do the same.