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Checking Email I found a new bit, from Duncan Meisel - 350.org <firstname.lastname@example.org> on the Government and the way things can work. "Who wrote the State Department’s environmental review of Keystone XL? Not who you'd think.
State hired corporations to write big chunks of the review, and one of them is called Environmental Resources Management, or ERM. They make their money reviewing big industrial projects, and one of their past clients is none other than TransCanada, the company behind Keystone XL -- a fact that State did not disclose to the public when the review was released.
Somehow, it gets worse. It turns out that ERM is also a dues-paying member of the American Petroleum Institute, big oil’s top lobbying group that has spent millions trying to get Keystone XL built.
This is like the fox guarding the hen house, only instead of just hens, it’s the planet that’s at risk (hens included).
We’ve played nice so far: already our movement has submitted over 1 million comments demanding they stop the pipeline. Now it’s time for us to prepare for the next step, should the State Dept. ignore the scientific and public opposition to the pipeline. We're working with the folks at CREDO, Rainforest Action Network and The Other 98% to prepare for a massive wave of civil disobedience actions if the State Department allows the project to move to the President’s desk.
The effort starts now with a pledge of resistance to the pipeline. This is a commitment to join an epic nationwide plan for action, organized to be ready at a moment’s notice. Over 60,000 people have already joined, and a national training program will start soon to prepare thousands of people in the strategic use of civil disobedience in every corner of the country.
Are you willing to join a civil disobedience action if the pipeline moves forward? Click here to take the pledge: act.credoaction.com/sign/kxl_pledge?source=350_20130530_kxlpledge
Ultimately, President Obama will make the final decision on whether the pipeline gets built. If the State Department gives its OK, the President will have approximately 30 days to decide whether to grant the permit. The idea behind the pledge is to put as much pressure on the President in those 30 days as possible, with civil disobedience actions at locations all around the country.
Organizing will get underway in July, when local leaders start weekly weekend trainings to coordinate community-led actions across the country. If you want to be a local leader, check the box on the pledge page, but know it's a serious commitment of time. Also, on July 17th, a sit-in will be held in the President's home town of Chicago -- a sort of preview for what President Obama can expect if this process moves forward.
These actions will mean risking arrest, but 60,000 people have already stepped up because the stakes are so high -- recently Canada’s Natural Resources minister said that Keystone XL was the key to unlocking the tar sands, and just today a top Canadian bank said that $9 billion worth of tar sands investments are riding on the pipeline.
That’s big money -- and we’ll need big action to push back. Pledging to take action and mobilizing your community is the key next step. I just added my name, will you join?
Let’s do this,