Fwd: Important new article from Bill McKibben
From: Scott Jackson (sjackzen46gmail.com)
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:31:11 -0800 (PST)
Yo Climate Change Agents!

I'm sending along an article by Bill McKibben that 350.org just sent to me.
I encourage you to read it and to send feedback if you have something to
offer. I'll see you at our next meeting on January 8.

Scott Jackson
sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com

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From: Duncan Meisel - 350.org <350 [at] 350.org>
Date: Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Subject: Important new article from Bill McKibben
To: Scott Jackson <sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com>


350.org co-founder Bill McKibben just published an article in Rolling Stone
about President Obama and the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline that I hope
you can take some time today to read.

It’s an important reflection on President Obama’s climate legacy thus far,
and essential reading as we all prepare for the home stretch of the fight
against Keystone XL. You can read it
and after you do please give your feedback on what our next steps to stop
the pipeline should be:


Give your feedback here<http://act.350.org/go/4271?t=3&akid=3934.1105958.YgtW6G>

*It comes down to this: The President’s actions speak louder than his
words. And it’s time for our actions to speak louder too.*

In this article, Bill starts a conversation that needs your input.

*For the past two years we’ve been pushing President Obama to reject
Keystone XL based on the strength of his climate promises*: though
infrequent, when he speaks about climate change the President can do so
with clarity and moral force.

But as time has gone on, those words have been undermined by actions like
supporting the southern leg of Keystone XL, cheerleading fracking wells and
auctioning off huge chunks of the west to the coal industry. In response to
these things, our movement has pushed itself to new heights: from the Tar
Sands Blockade taking to the trees of Texas to resist the southern leg of
Keystone XL, to courageous actions against fracking nationwide and a
unified front against coal exports across the West.

*Now we need to push ourselves a little further. *Since the President’s
climate speech this summer where he laid out a climate test for Keystone XL
— “the net effects of the pipeline’s impact on our climate will be
absolutely critical to determining whether this project is allowed to go
forward” — a series of revelations have raised alarms.

Despite the weighty evidence that Keystone XL is the key to unlocking the
tar sands, we’ve learned that big oil got to hand-pick the companies in
charge of the first Keystone review — a review that concluded
(unconvincingly) that the pipeline wouldn’t impact the climate. Today we
found out that one of those companies is a dues-paying member of 5 big oil
front groups pushing to approve Keystone. At the same time, the President
is keeping a key aide who opposes Keystone XL from having any input on the

*Bill’s article <http://act.350.org/go/4346?t=4&akid=3934.1105958.YgtW6G>
clearly addresses the President’s record on the big climate issues of his
two terms, and lays down a challenge to us, the grassroots climate
movement, to push the President harder than ever.*

In 2014, 350.org will be taking up that challenge. But to do so, we need to
chart a course together. After you read Bill’s article, I hope you can
offer your feedback on what we can do together next year to put the
pressure on President Obama like never before.

* 350.org <http://350.org>’s power lies entirely in the collective strength
of our grassroots network -- your input and ideas will shape what comes
next. *

*Can you take some time to read Bill McKibben’s article on the President
and the pipeline?*

*Click here to read the

*Click here to give your feedback

Some ideas are already in the works, others are dreams on the horizon.
Between now and the start of 2014 we need to look within ourselves and
decide what kind of courage we are willing to show to stop Keystone XL and
keep the fossil fuels in the ground, where they can’t do any more harm to
our climate and communities.

For the past two years, this movement has risen to every challenge with
grace and courage. As the President’s decision approaches, I know that we
will rise again.

Many thanks,

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