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|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 ---------- Forwarded message ---------- 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> Friends, 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 here<http://act.350.org/go/4346?t=1&akid=3934.1105958.YgtW6G>, and after you do please give your feedback on what our next steps to stop the pipeline should be: <http://act.350.org/go/4346?t=2&akid=3934.1105958.YgtW6G> 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 pipeline. *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 article*<http://act.350.org/go/4346?t=5&akid=3934.1105958.YgtW6G> *Click here to give your feedback <http://act.350.org/go/4271?t=6&akid=3934.1105958.YgtW6G>* 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, Duncan ------------------------------ 350.org is building a global movement to solve the climate crisis. Connect with us on Facebook <http://facebook.com/350.org> and Twitter<http://twitter.com/350>, and sign up for email alerts<http://350.org/signup?akid=3934.1105958.YgtW6G>. You can help power our work by getting involved locally, sharing your story<http://local.350.org/stories/?akid=3934.1105958.YgtW6G>, and donating here. <http://350.org/donate?akid=3934.1105958.YgtW6G> To change your email address or update your contact info, click here.<http://350.org/info?akid=3934.1105958.YgtW6G> *To stop receiving emails from 350.org <http://350.org>, click here. <http://act.350.org/cms/unsubscribe/unsubscribe/?t=7&akid=3934.1105958.YgtW6G> *
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