Especially now that President Obama has taken the courageous step of rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline application, despite the bipartisan opposition in the U.S. Congress, I think it is important for the environmental movement to demonstrate public support for this decision. Fossil fuel politicians were quick to attack him. Recently retired IU Law Professor Sheila Kenney discusses new research she has done showing dramatic shifts in the public’s views on climate change and environmental damage: http://sheilakennedy.net/2015/11/the-electoral-climate/
Here in Indianapolis we are planning a rally downtown today at 1:00 pm (with the Indianapolis Colts playing at home) to do that. This is especially important in Indiana, where the coal industry has great influence in our state legislature and Governor’s office. Even our Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly is opposing the Clean Power Plan and Clean Air Act. During the 12 days of the Paris climate talks we will be “occupying” his local Senate office because of his opposition.
Your letters to your congressional representatives and the White House supporting the President’s environmental initiatives (Keystone rejection, increased fuel efficiency standards, coal plant regulations, clean water, clean power plan) are especially important at this moment.
Obviously there is still a great deal of work to do to begin to address our environmental crisis. We will soon be delivering petitions to the local Morgan Stanley offices, opposing their continued financing of mountain top removal and coal mining, for example.
Thank President Obama
November 08, 2015• 1:00 PM
Monument Circle• 1 Monument Circle, Downtown Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN 46202
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We did this, all of us. Together with years of effort and activists across the continent we stopped this pipeline from being built. The movement brought us to this point. People power beat out the money of Big Oil.
This will not be our last fight, but for a moment, one golden well-deserved moment, we should celebrate. Because without our sacrifice, without our passion this would not have happened. And now, President Obama rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline.