Pres. Obama Responds to #NoKXL in Denver!

Uncategorized — 350.org Team October 26, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

Breaking news courtesy of Politico

President Obama told a heckler at a rally on Wednesday that he’s “looking at” a pipeline project that has angered the environmental community.

Protesters at Obama’s speech at the University of Colorado held a banner reading “Stop the Keystone Pipeline Project” and yelled at him. Obama paused in his speech, then said, “We’re looking at it right now.”

“No decision’s been made,” he said, acknowledging their “deep concern” about the pipeline that would go from Texas to Canada.

Obama added, “We will address it.”

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Lawmakers Request State Department Probe on Keystone XL

Uncategorized — 350.org Team @ 1:59 pm

Big news today: a group of lawmakers in the Senate and House are requesting a formal investigation into the growing #tarscandal at the State Department. The news comes as Tar Sands Action is running ads in the Washington Post, New York Times, and online calling for President Obama to stop this “environmental crime in progress.”

Along with a letter to the State Department Inspector General asking for an investigation into whether conflicts of interest have tainted the pipeline review process, the Senators sent a letter directly to President Obama citing “serious concerns” about the integrity of the review and asking the White House to withhold any decision on the project until the inspector general’s investigation is completed, made public and evaluated.

“Given the significant economic, environmental, and public health implications of the proposed pipeline, we believe that it is critical that the State Department conduct thorough, unbiased reviews of the project,” the lawmakers wrote to Deputy Inspector General Harold W. Geisel.

To read the letter to the State Department office of the inspector general, click here.

To read the letter the President Obama, click here.

A special thanks to Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who is leading this effort and who has consistently been a champion for the cause of stopping the Keystone XL. Senator Sanders has been a long time advocate on behalf of working people and the environment and this fight is no exception. As he’s pointed out again and again, the Keystone XL pipeline is not in the interest of the 99% and the United States of America.

With ads in national papers, major rallies across the US, huge crowds preparing for November 6, the State Department considering delaying a decision on the pipeline, and lawmakers launching formal inquires into the #tarscandal, the fight against Keystone XL is definitely picking up steam. Now is no time to let up. Let’s keep moving!

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Joanie from MT: No Turning Back

Why I am coming to DC — 350.org Team October 25, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

I spent the first 6 decades of my life in Berkeley, and the last 4 years in Montana; in one place city life pulsing with all its urgency, and in the other small town life moving more slowly, with the geese calling overhead.  In spite of the huge differences between these two places, the same deep problems are sapping the strength of both urban and rural areas.

Everywhere we are living with the shackles of oil and the endless appetites of that voracious master: wars against innocents, destruction of communities, the beginnings of climate chaos, relentless harm toward the natural world, and barriers to creating the beauty of green energy and a livable future. We don’t have much time left to turn things around.  That matches my place in my own lifespan…I may not have much time left either, and I want to use my hands to help shape the clay of the future.

When the invitation to the DC XL Protest arrived at my desk, I spoke aloud,  Yes, yes yes! A feeling of clarity settled over me; I’d been waiting for this moment. After years of demonstrations, petitions, letters to legislators, and long meetings, I couldn’t shake the sense that more was needed.  I knew the next step was civil disobedience. I joined the tar sands action that morning because it unified people in a single purpose both specific (the pipeline must not be built) and symbolic (we must renounce an oil future).  At the next board meeting for our progressive local group Montana Women For, I invited others to join.

We became “The Four Grandmothers From Montana’. A grandmother is a person who has lived long enough to personally watch the chain of life replicate itself in new generations. That gift always comes with its twin: responsibility for the lives we chose to bring into this world.

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Bringing the Old Obama Back, with Action

Why I am coming to DC — 350.org Team @ 9:12 am

This post was written by Michael G. – to join him and thousands of others at the Nov. 6th Tar Sands Action, click here: http://www.tarsandsaction.org/sign-up

Until the 2008 election, I had been a completely apolitical person. I occasionally took note of the various presidential decisions being made by George W. Bush, but did little else. However, a cool and charismatic junior senator from Illinois changed all of that. He single-handedly made me believe that if people are willing to work to elect a president, they can get a president who will work for them. Unfortunately, while he has acted in the public’s best interest on some issues, he has taken the side of corporate polluters on others. However, the hope remains that if people get educated and become active, they can have a government that works for their society.

I volunteered for Barack Obama in 2008, because I believed that he would do what’s best for the country and the world. But I will not agree to volunteer for someone who acts against the public’s best interest, and I know that, if Obama approves Keystone XL, he would be doing just that.

I still believe, or at least hope, that part of what makes Barack Obama wake up in the mornings is a desire to improve the world. Perhaps, though, that desire sometimes gets suppressed by people and corporations that have negative influences on him.

My work now is making sure that the genuine Obama shines through, and opposes the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Breaking: New Obama hire, Broderick Johnson, was Keystone XL Lobbyist

Uncategorized — 350.org Team October 24, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

Here’s some breaking news that we’re putting out to the media right now: 

For immediate release
Oct 24, 2011

Obama hire Broderick Johnson was Keystone XL Lobbyist; “It Stinks” Says Bill McKibben

WASHINGTON, DC — Campaigners protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline reacted with anger today to the news that the Obama campaign had hired a former lobbyist for the pipeline as a new senior advisor to the president’s 2012 re-election campaign.

Records show that Broderick Johnson lobbied Congress on the Keystone XL pipeline while working for Bryan Cave LLP, a top lobby firm in Washington, DC. During the fourth quarter of 2010, the firm spent $120,000 working on the issue. (1) Bryan Cave LLP reported earnings of $1.08 million between 2009-2011 lobbying on behalf of pipeline company TransCanada, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. (2)

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VIDEO: Mark Ruffalo Invites Occupy Wall Street to Join Keystone XL Protest this November 6 in Washington, DC

News — 350.org Team @ 12:05 pm

We’re excited to release a new video of actor and activist Mark Ruffalo inviting participants in Occupy Wall Street, and people from across the nation, to join him and thousands of others on November 6 in Washington, DC to join hands around the White House and show President Obama he has the support he needs to deny a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.

Over 3,000 people have already signed up for the “Hands Around the White House” event on November 6. In an invitation released earlier this fall, activists spearheading the protest wrote,

Exactly one year before the election, we want to encircle the whole White House in an act of solemn protest. We need to remind President Obama of the power of the movement that he rode to the White House in 2008. This issue is much bigger than any individual person, President or not, and that we will carry on, with or without him.

Since the initial invitation, the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations across the country have added an unexpected sure of momentum to the movement against the pipeline, with organizers teaming up in cities across the country. Buses of people from #occupy events across the country are already planning on coming into DC for November 6.

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Mark Ruffalo's Call to Action

News — 350.org Team @ 10:20 am

Last week at Occupy Wall Street, Mark Ruffalo grabbed the people’s mic to make a big call to action, connecting the dots between fracking, the occupation of Wall Street, and our action on November 6th in Washington DC. To answer the call and be there on the 6th, click here: http://www.tarsandsaction.org/sign-up

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President Obama, I Worked Tirelessly For You in 2008; Now It’s Your Turn

Why I am coming to DC — 350.org Team October 23, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

This post was written by Phillip Wight, to join him and thousands of other people at the White House November 6th, click here: http://www.tarsandsaction.org/sign-up

In 2008 I worked for President Obama in Cincinnati Ohio as a Canvass Coordinator. Fresh out of college, my idealism and energy ran high. I managed over one hundred paid canvassers who knocked on tens of thousands of doors throughout the fall. After eight years of a Bush presidency marked by environmental devastation, oil-centered energy policy, and oil-driven foreign military action, I was absolutely enthused at the possibility of a progressive president. I remember running door to door until the very last minute the polls were open on election night. No amount of effort was unnecessary when it came to electing Obama. Like so many other staffers, I lived and breathed the 2008 election. The dedication of hundreds of volunteers and inspired workers paid off: Hamilton County (home of Cincinnati) went blue for the first time since 1964 and we successfully unseated a 14-year incumbent Republican congressman. I cried tears of joy on election night. I knew it was a hard road ahead but I finally felt we had an ally in the White House and the nation was on the right track.

Nearly three years later my idealism of 2008 is but a distant memory. I’ve grown disillusioned watching Obama cave in to pressure from big oil and big coal. We’ve all watched cap and trade legislation be sidelined, offshore drilling continue, and clean air standards die at the hands of big business. Mountaintop removal has not been stopped, and Fracking continues unregulated throughout the nation. Obama won’t even fulfill his promise to put Solar panels back on the White House. I often wonder if my time and dedication in 2008 was wasted. Yet rather than despair, we must be driven to action.

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Sec. of State Clinton on 3 Sunday Talk Shows – Will Hosts End the Media Blackout of State Dept. Corruption Scandal?

News — 350.org Team October 22, 2011 @ 4:07 pm

This Sunday Sec. of State Hillary Clinton will be a featured guest on three Sunday talk shows, where hosts will have an opportunity to finally break the media blackout surrounding the Keystone XL corruption scandal at the State Department.

The scandal began when it was revealed that a top Clinton campaign operative, Paul Elliot, was working illegally as a foreign agent to lobby the Department to approve Keystone XL, and gained new steam when released emails showed the same lobbyist in a too-cozy relationship with State Department staff, who offered special favors and treatment to Elliot as he lobbied for Keystone XL’s approval. Later it was discovered that the State Department had used a major TransCanada subcontractor to conduct its environmental review process. In sum, the scandal shows that the oil industry is calling far too many shots in the State Department, making them incapable of fulfilling their mission of protecting the US national interest when it comes to Keystone XL. (Click here for a full explanation of the scandal from Friends of the Earth)

Since the scandal broke several weeks ago, there has been a virtual media blackout of the issue, with ‘Keystone XL’ receiving no mentions on network television, compared to dozens for scandals of lesser magnitude that involve no allegations of lawbreaking. Now three different hosts have clear opportunities to ask Sec. State Clinton about an issue that will no doubt clearly define the President’s environmental legacy as well as Sec. of State Clinton’s personal legacy as an administrator.

We need to make sure that Sec. of State Clinton is held accountable for the incredible influence the oil industry has been allowed to wield in her Department. Can you Tweet the hosts of Meet the Press, CNN’s State of the Union and ABC’s This Week to ask them to ask Sec. Clinton about the developing Keystone XL scandal?

You can use our suggested Tweet, or click the Tweet Button below to send a message right away:

“Will @BobSchieffer @CAmanpour & @DavidGregory end media blackout & ask Sec of @StateDept Clinton abt Keystone XL scandal Sunday? #noKXL”

 

 

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Opposes Keystone XL

News — 350.org Team October 20, 2011 @ 11:29 am

Today in the Washington Post it was revealed that Sen. Harry Reid has sent a letter to Secretary of State Clinton with his opposition to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Here is an excerpt from the letter:

“The proponents of this pipeline would be wiser to invest instead in job-creating clean energy projects, like renewable power, energy efficiency or advanced vehicles and fuels that would employ thousands of people in the United States rather than increasing our dependency on unsustainable supplies of dirty and polluting oil that could easily be exported.”

Read the whole article here.

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