FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2019
Mark Hefflinger, mark [at] boldnebraska.org
Collin Rees, collin [at] priceofoil.org
Ryan Schleeter, rschleeter [at] greenpeace.org
Letter Urges Democratic Candidates to Take “NoKXL Pledge” to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline on Day One if Elected President
Landowner, Indigenous and environmental groups announce petition campaign and ‘bird-dogging’ on the campaign trail
HASTINGS, NEBRASKA — Today, a coalition of landowners, Tribal Nations and environmental groups that have been fighting the proposed Keystone XL tar sands export pipeline for 10 years sent a letter to all Democratic presidential candidates, urging them to take the ‘NoKXL Pledge’ and make it clear that on Day One in office they will revoke the unprecedented, unilateral permit that President Trump issued for the controversial pipeline.
The letter specifically urges the Democratic presidential candidates to pledge to immediately revoke the unilateral permits issued by President Trump for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. It also urges candidates to pledge to direct all federal agencies (State Department, FERC, Army Corps) to submit these two projects — as well as all new energy infrastructure projects — to a true ‘climate test,’ and reject any project that will exacerbate our climate crisis. Further, it calls on the Democratic candidates to protect property rights from eminent domain abuse and to honor U.S. treaties with sovereign Tribal Nations.
View the letter to Democratic candidates urging them to take the ‘NoKXL Pledge’:
“There is no middle ground when it comes to protecting the land, water and climate,” said Jane Kleeb, Bold Nebraska founder. “You either stand with family farmers, ranchers, Tribal Nations and environmentalists — or you stand with fossil fuel corporations who are abusing eminent domain, and trampling on the treaty rights of Tribal Nations.”
“We need a presidential candidate that is serious about fighting climate change and supporting Indigenous Rights,” said Dallas Goldtooth, Keep It In The Ground Campaigner for the Indigenous Environmental Network. “Tribal nations and communities are battling for the survival of our ecosystems and ways of life, and we need a president who will stand with us against Big Oil and the fossil fuel regime. Signing the NoKXL pledge is a solid step in the right direction.”
“Talking a big game on climate doesn’t mean much if you’re still building massive pipelines like Keystone XL and doing the fossil fuel industry’s bidding. Any candidate who wants to be taken seriously on climate needs to stand up to Big Oil and say, ‘No,'” said Collin Rees, Senior Campaigner at Oil Change U.S. “Climate leadership means standing with frontline and Indigenous communities, farmers and ranchers, and young people by stopping the deadly expansion of the fossil fuel industry and enacting a just transition for workers and communities.”
“Any Democratic candidate claiming to be a real climate leader will take the NoKXL Pledge and commit to stopping the Keystone XL pipeline on Day One. The NoKXL pledge is a critical step in moving towards stopping all new fossil fuel projects and protecting communities already experiencing the devastation of fossil fuel disasters. To build systems that work for all of us, we must keep fossil fuels in the ground, prioritize Indigenous rights, workers and frontline communities, and hold fossil fuel billionaires accountable for their destruction. Together we’ve stopped the Keystone XL pipeline for over a decade. It’s time all Presidential candidates join us and commit to stopping KXL once and for all,” said Natalie Mebane, Associate Director of U.S. Policy at 350 Action.
“Candidates must do more than pay lip service to climate change and the communities impacted by dangerous fossil fuel projects like Keystone XL. The American people demand to know who will make decisions based on science, not Big Oil profits. Our next president must serve the needs of communities and Tribal Nations, not corporate donors,” said Nicole Ghio with Friends of the Earth Action.
“Our next president needs to listen to the science that says we can’t build new fossil fuel projects and fight climate change at the same time, not the polluters who say we don’t have a choice. Reversing Trump’s misguided Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline authorizations on day one sends a clear message to the fossil fuel executives that their days of power over the White House are over,” said Charlie Jiang, Greenpeace USA Climate Campaigner.
“Our climate is in crisis and Donald Trump has done more than most presidents to make that crisis spiral into chaos,” said Josh Nelson, CREDO Action co-director. “Every Democratic candidate must commit to the NoKXL pledge to show they will be bold leaders to combat climate change and protect our environment and communities.”
View online petition urging Democratic candidates to take the “NoKXL Pledge”:
“NoKXL Pledge” Co-Sponsors:
Bold Nebraska & Bold Alliance
Nebraska Easement Action Team
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska
Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
Indigenous Environmental Network
Oil Change U.S.
Bucks Environmental Network
Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund
Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Climate Hawks Vote
Coalition Against the Pilgrim Pipeline
Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline
Friends of the Earth Action
Greenbelt Climate Action Network
New York Climate Action Group
NYC Grassroots Alliance
Progressive Democrats of America