We’ve made a lot of progress in our fight to stop the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline.
President Obama has announced a new environmental review, and we have a real shot at killing the project. But while we’ve gained ground, our work is far from over.
Please make a contribution of $5 or more to support Friends of the Earth as we continue the fight to kill the Keystone XL.
Over the past year:
- We exposed corruption in the State Department’s Keystone XL review, using the Freedom of Information Act to obtain emails revealing officials’ pro-pipeline bias and then turning the emails into a front-page story in the New York Times. (Just one of hundreds of media hits we generated that underscored the pipeline’s flaws.)
- We documented a shocking conflict of interest behind the State Department contractor -- and "major" TransCanada client -- Cardno Entrix.
- We mobilized tens of thousands of activists to weigh in with the State Department and President Obama, to turn out for demonstrations and to testify in person at official hearings. (Thanks for joining us!)
- I spent several weeks on the ground in Nebraska this fall, working in partnership with local groups to persuade the state legislature to protect the pristine Sandhills ecosystem from the pipeline, and we succeeded in forcing a reroute.
Our work, joined with that of many allies, has made a serious impact. On November 10, President Obama announced a new environmental review and committed to “an open, transparent process that is informed by the best available science.”
But the fight is far from over. TransCanada’s lobbyists are not letting up, and just because President Obama says he is committed to a fair process doesn’t guarantee his State Department will follow through.
We plan to hold the administration accountable to the president’s commitment -- but we need your support. Can you chip in $5 or more today?
We have big plans for 2012. We will continue a lawsuit aimed at forcing the State Department to release more of its communications with pipeline lobbyists. We will generate fresh media coverage telling the story of the devastating impacts the pipeline is likely to have on our climate and on the people in its path. We will bird-dog the new environmental review and push to keep it from being corrupted by the bias and lobbyist influence that ruined the first review. And we will support allies in Congress, the administration and of course the grassroots who keep up the fight for what is right.
But doing all of this requires resources -- and I and the rest of our team could really use your support. Please click here if you can make a contribution to Friends of the Earth today.
Thank you for your activism, and your commitment to a justice-fueled future.
Kim Huynh, Keystone XL campaigner
Friends of the Earth