From DAPL to Line 3 RSVP to #BuildBackFossilFree

It’s no joke: On April first, frontline Indigenous youth and organizers from the Dakota Access and Line 3 pipeline fights will travel to Washington D.C. to demand that President Biden Build Back Fossil Free by stopping these climate-destroying projects.

We are calling all water protectors, land defenders, climate activists and friends to join us at 11am at the Army Corps of Engineers office 441 G Street NW Washington, DC 20314. RSVP here to join us.

Five years ago on April 1st, the Sacred Stone Camp was founded and history was made as thousands of people descended to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). On the anniversary of this important moment of international solidarity, we are bringing the spirit of frontline, indigenous pipeline resistance to Washington DC to demand Joe Biden Build Back Fossil Free by revoking the Army Corps permits for Line 3 and shut down DAPL.

Last month, Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux youth ran 93 miles to the site of that resistance to pressure President Biden to shut down the Bakken oil pipeline.

For too long Indigenous communities have carried the weight of our addiction to oil & gas despite their objections. Consultation is not consent. Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) must be the standard for tribal nations impacted by dangerous oil and gas infrastructure.

Indigenous communities are asking Biden to follow their mandate given with their vote; show up for Black, Indigenous and communities of color fighting for to protect water, land, sky and their bodies from toxic pollution and climate change.

Join us in the streets, and there will be roles and messages for everyone. We will meet at 11am to gather and make our voices heard at the Army Corps of Engineers national headquarters, and then we will walk a short distance (about 1 mile) to the White House to make sure President Biden gets the message as well.

Join us April 1 at 11 am outside the Army Corps of Engineers office to tell President Biden and his team: From DAPL to Line 3, you must build back fossil free!

Chip in for another 50 days of bold climate action. Biden Style!

Yesterday, on Joe Biden’s 54th day as President, Deb Haaland was confirmed as Interior Secretary by the US Senate. It’s a capstone on what has been, by all accounts, a wildly successful first half of of President Biden’s first 100 days. And it sets and even higher bar for the next 50 days which will set out President Biden’s level of ambition on climate change, and include major decisions on tar sands Pipelines, clean energy, and more.

Can you chip in $1.98 or more here to fund the next 50 days of bold climate action?

Here’s some of what we’ve done over the last 50 days, and some of what we need to do next:

Even before Biden was sworn in as President, we’ve been pushing him to appoint climate champions to his cabinet. Deb Haaland was one of our first suggestions, and the most powerful climate hawk nominated — now Senate confirmed — to serve in Biden’s cabinet. These fights have been essential because of the old saying “personnel is policy.” But not all of the people Biden picked for his cabinet are as strong on climate as Deb Haaland. And even the strongest advocates will need our support over the next 3 years to make sure Biden delivers the transformative change we need on climate change.

Haaland’s new post at Interior is a great example – later this week the department she now leads is holding a first public hearing on President Biden’s order to pause, but not yet to cancel or amend, the US government’s practice of allowing fracking, drilling and fossil fuel mining on publicly owned lands. It’s a dirty deal that cheats us as taxpayers and poisons our climate at the same time. Pausing those leases – hopefully ending them permanently – was a big victory of the first climate policies Biden announced on Jan 26. But now it’s up to Haaland to see the process through.

Because policy is policy too. Haaland’s confirmation today locks in one of the last cabinet-level posts in the Biden Administration’s climate team. And now that we know who we’re dealing with, it’s time for these folks to get to to work! A new report out from the United Nations a few weeks ago confirms what we’ve known for yearsEven as Biden rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement with great fanfare on Jan 20, nations are “nowhere close” to the level of action they promised in that treaty, let along what’s needed to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius necessary to avert the worst, most deadly, impacts of climate chaos.

That could start to change next month as President Biden announces his climate action plan, and gets serious about a big infrastructure plan he calls “Build back better,” but which we all want to be #BuildBackFossilFree. Here’s some of what will happen over the next 50 days and what we plan to do about it, if we have the means and support to do so:

  1. On Earth Day, April 22, Biden is holding a big summit at the White House on climate action. Between now and then, he’ll announce his plan for what the US will do to reduce emissions in accordance with the Paris climate agreement, and try and rally world leaders to do the same.
    1. But President Biden’s goal for climate pollution cuts isn’t yet set. Reports like that one from the UN above indicate that the US needs to pledge big cuts, fast – like a 70% reduction in global warming pollution by 2030. But early indications are that Biden may only re-state the climate goals of the Obama administration – which were less than half that. And weaker ambition in the US can lead to weaker commitments from allies in Canada (where the Tar Sands comes from) and around the world,
  2. Around the same time – Late April to Early May – he’ll unveil his plan to invest trillions of dollars in US infrastructure and fulfill his promise to “build back better.” Whatever goal President Biden sets in April, it will be up to this infrastructure package to deliver it in new wind farms, solar panels, electric cars, and more.
    1. Again, early indications are mixed: Several bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to invest in renewable energy and reduce global warming pollution. But almost all of them still invest in fracked gas, and some of them still back dangerous and backward ideas like geo-engineering, clean coal, or carbon capture. And while he’s taken action to block the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, President Biden still has not spoken out to stop Line 3 – which is the exact same diameter as KXL – or the Dakota Access Pipelines. Those are some big examples of infrastructure you just can’t build, permit, or invest in if you’re going to cut US global warming pollution over the next 10 years.

So, what were we going to do about it and why should you chip in? Here are a few examples and ideas:

And of course – if you can’t donate there’s still loads you can do to help! Share this article with your networks to start!

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Show up now to Defund Line 3

As most of you know, the Line 3 tar sands pipeline in Minnesota is a disaster for our climate and a gross violation Indigenous and treaty rights.

For weeks, courageous activists on the front line have taken daily direct action to stop the construction of Line 3, including locking themselves inside sections of pipe, blockading entrances to construction sites, and using pianos to stop construction.

More than 130 people have been arrested and are facing charges – and they need backup. We’re asking you to show up – safely, in accordance with pandemic rules – in person to help stop this pipeline and the big banks funding it. Here are two ways you can help:

  1. If you’re able to travel to Minnesota ― especially if you’ve already been vaccinated and/or have skills and experience as a water protector or climate activist ― find your courage, warrior up, and come to Northern Minnesota and join the actions on the ground. This link will let you sign up for an orientation call to get grounded in the demands, health protocols, and our respect for indigenous leadership required to participate.
  2. Wherever you are, whoever you are, you can plan or join a #DefundLine3 Action in your community at a bank branch near you.

Big banks ― including as JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, CitiBank and TD Bank ― have loaned billions of dollars to Enbridge so that it can build Line 3. Over the last few weeks oure friends at the Stop the Money Pipeline coalition have sent the CEOs of those banks more than 600,000 emails, calls, and calendar invites demanding that they stop funding Line 3.

We were telling them to cancel a $2.2 billion loan to Enbridge that was due for renewal on March 31st. Last week, we learned that the March 31st loan has been canceled, BUT, in its place, the same banks have given Enbridge an $800 million “sustainability” loan and pledged to continue funding Line 3.

This is greenwashing at its worst. One of the leaders of the #DefundLine3 fight, Tara Houska, says:

“giving Enbridge a sustainability loan is like giving a weapons manufacturer a “peace” loan; it’s like giving a cigarette company a “health” loan. Even if Enbridge does plan on building a few solar panels with that money, you can’t put a fire out and pour millions of barrels of tar sands on it at the same time.”

https://stopthemoneypipeline.com/enbridges-greenwashing-will-not-stand/

Whatever they call it – a loan, a sustainability loan, or a line of credit – these banks are enabling and profiting from the Line 3 pipeline. They are complicit in the pollution, violence and climate chaos. It is up to us to hold them accountable. And we are running out of time – Enbridge says they plan to complete Line 3 by June, which could be possible now that the Mississippi river is thawing, clearing the way for crews to begin drilling operations to cross.

Frontline leaders are calling on us all to show up and #DefundLine3 in Minnesota and at branches of the banks funding this toxic pipeline.

Click here to see the #DefundLine3 Action map and find or plan an action in your community. If you need help, tools and ideas on how to get started check out this action toolkit. Frontline water protectors in Minnesota need legal support too. If you can’t make it to an event, please consider donating what you can to support their legal defense fund.

Tell the Senate: People not Polluters

The Senate is scheduled to vote TODAY on President Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. The bill is intended to speed deployment of testing and the vaccine, and to provide assistance to Americans who are economically struggling.

But Republican Senators are planning to offer “infinite” amendments that are intended to help the fossil fuel industry, attack immigrants, LGBTQ Americans and more.

Most amendments can be blocked by the Senate Parliamentarian or a 40-vote filibuster. But in February, a dangerous number of Democrats betrayed their President, party, and commons sense by voting to support or even introduce pro-polluters amendments.

Click here to send your Senators a message that COVID relief should help people, not polluters.

Every time the Senate votes on a bill through the Reconciliation process – like this bill – something called a Vote-A-Rama happens. Time for debate is limited, but the number of amendments is not – resulting in a an all-night session where Senators offer lots of amendments and have very little time to consider them before voting. Right now the Senate is scheduled to hold vote-a-rama on President Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Friday March 5.

And Republican Senators have already succeeded in using procedural gimmicks to slow dow the process and express their disdain for the President, Democrats, workers, immigrants, LGBTQ Americans and more. Senator Rand Paul evens says he wants to offer “infinite” amendments to block the bill.

Republican intransigence is no surprise – but in a February Vote-a-rama on an earlier version of this same bill, up to seven Senate Democrats supported Republican amendments that backed the Keystone Pipeline, fracking, and other fossil fuel bailouts.

With Republicans opposed to any COVID relief, we need all 50 Democrats to remain committed, and not vote to support any extraneous, pro-polluter amendments. Will you write your Senators now and tell them to pass a “clean” COVID relief bill that helps people, not polluters?

Digital rally to tell Joe Biden: Stop Line 3 & DAPL! People power, not Pipelines!

When Joe Biden canceled the Keystone XL pipeline, we were elated. After years of fighting this tar sands pipeline, we finally had a President who understood the need to act – and took decisive action on his first day in office.

But KXL wasn’t the only tar sands pipeline we need to stop. KXL’s twin (in size and design) is the Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota. And the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) has been operating illegally since the Trump Administration forced it through.

Tomorrow, February 25, we’re joining a virtual rally, bringing together community leaders from fossil fuel impacted communities on the frontlines of stopping Line 3 and the Dakota Access pipelines, and demanding a climate test. Won’t you join us?

More than 200,000 of us have spoken out in support of Minnesota water protectors rising up to protect land, water, and treaty rights from the Line 3 pipeline. Meanwhile communities in the path of the Dakota Access pipeline who have been organizing for years, have stepped up their pressure on Biden in recent weeks to end the project once and for all.

One day after our rally, President Biden will travel to Texas to tour the site of the first climate-fueled disaster of his presidency. But we know the recent cold snap wont be the last climate-disaster Biden has to deal with. Building new fossil fuel infrastructure — especially for the dirtiest oil on earth: Tar sands — only makes those disasters more frequent and more deadly, especially for black, indigenous, and other communities of color on the frontlines.

If we’re going to build back better, as the President Biden has promised, we’ll need to end these dangerous pipelines, stop all new fossil fuel infrastructure, and #BuildBackFossilFree. Tomorrow, join us for a digital rally to deliver that message, backed by hundreds of thousands of petition signatures. See you there!

A long time coming: Help us Confirm Deb Haaland this week

President Biden has nominated Congresswoman Deb Haaland to be the next Interior Secretary. It’s an historic choice, and this agency is crucial to the Biden team’s plans to Build Back Better and tackle the climate crisis by Building back fossil free.

Unfortunately, Republican Senators who were willing to support for Donald Trump’s racist, climate denying cabinet – names that will live in infamy like Ryan Zinke and William Pendley – are out to block Biden and Haaland, and have threatened to derail the nomination this week.

Haaland’s first confirmation hearing in the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee is scheduled for Ferauary 23 at 9:30am Eastern; And it’s expected to be a fiery one with ridiculous, misleading, and disingenuous attacks from Republicans and only limp defense from Climate-denying Democrats like ENR Chair Joe Manchin (D-Coal).

Watch live below and show the Senate that you support Deb Haaland by sharing on social media. You can use this social toolkit, or just click the links below.

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Day 1 hearing:

As the first Indigenous cabinet Secretary, Rep. Haaland will play a pivotal role in healing the wounds the federal government has inflicted on Tribal communities, upholding their trust and ensuring their voices are heard after being shut out for so long. In addition, Haaland has been a fantastic climate hawk and interior Watchdog in Congress – she supports an end to fracking, a Green new Deal on climate action, and an end to fossil fuel extraction on public lands.

After four years of the of Trump’s racist, anti-indigenous, pro-fossil fuel policies, Haaland is exactly the kind of bold, historic nominee we need to run Biden’s Interior Department. That’s why nearly 200,000 of us signed a petition weeks ago supporting her nomination. And now the time has come to show up and make sure the Senate confirms Haaland!

Haaland’s nomination as the first Indigenous cabinet Secretary and second-highest-ranking enrolled Native American to ever serve in the federal government is enormously consequential. And her experience and policy background makes her a key player in Biden’s climate and environmental agenda. It’s essential that the Senate act quickly to approve Congresswoman Haaland’s historic nomination to ensure the Department has a permanent leader to fulfill its mission, implement the widely-supported Biden-Harris plan, and protect our public lands for future generations.

Join us Tuesday morning, February 23 to tell the Senate to #ConfirmHaaland now!

Convict, Expel, stop Trump and his enablers

Trump’s second impeachment trial in the Senate continues today, with House Impeachment managers expected to wrap up their presentation. In a crucial, early, vote six Republicans joined all 50 Democrats in voting that the trial is constitutional and should proceed. We’ve got just a few more days to convince 17 Republicans to join all 50 Democrats in voting to convict Trump.

That’s the whole agenda: We have a few days to convince 11 more Republicans to join six of their fellow partisans that this process is appropriate, and furthermore that Trump is guilty – That he incited a mob to attack the capitol and disrupt the counting of Electoral College votes in an attempted coup that killed multiple people, including one Capitol Police officer, injured many more, and terrorized the entire country.

Call your Senators now at (866) 455-3498 and tell them to vote to convict Trump, and prevent him from running for office ever again and deter future coup attempts. (Can’t call right now? Please chip in if you can to keep this toll-free line open and fund our fight against fossil fueled fascists in the future.)

A lot of pundits and politicians are saying that the evidence in this case doesn’t matter. That there’s nothing that will convince Republicans to convict Trump. That it’s time to move on and focus on President Biden’s plans to build back better and build back fossil free.

I still think that’s wrong for two important reasons:

  1. The coup attempt didn’t end on January 6. Trump is still out there. The FBI confirms that his supporters planned the Jan 6 insurrection in advance, and are planning future violence to this day. And at the same time, Republican leaders in Congress like Kevin McCarthy are plotting with him to re-take political power in 22 months. And it’s worth remembering that the members of the “Sedition Caucus” who are still defending trump are funded by the fossil fuel industryto the tune of $8.8 million dollars last year.
  2. Truth still matters. Lots of ‘very serious people’ spent 4 years telling us Trump was not a fascist, until the coup attempt on Jan 6,2021. And while many of us are eager, if not desperate, to look forward rather than backward we can’t do that until there is a reckoning with what happened on Jan 6. And that reckoning can’t happen without accountability for Trump and his enablers. If you haven’t already, check out the videos of the chaos and violence on Jan6 that house Impeachment managers are using to make their case – it’s a sobering reminder of what happened, and why the country needs this moment of reckoning.

Under our current laws and Constitution that reckoning and accountability starts (doesn’t end) with impeaching and convicting former President Trump. That vote is supposed to be shaped by what we the people tell our Senators about this moment.

That’s how Democracy wins – not just by citizens voting in a new president and “moving on,” but by citizens staying engaged and demanding that our elected officials hold the people who tried to incite a bloody coup against our government are held accountable.

Sign now to stop Line 3

In his first week on the job, President Biden Canceled the Keystone XL pipeline, and paused (not stopped) oil and gas leases on public lands and waters of the US. But there’s another big, dangerous, climate-killing tar-sands pipeline under construction right now that needs to be stopped: Line 3.

Line 3 is a disastrous, unnecessary, tar sands pipeline that would create more pollution than 50 coal plants, threaten hundreds of waterways with oil spills and leaks, and violate the treaty rights of several tribes. The pipeline has been fiercely challenged by a coalition of Indigenous leaders, grassroots organizations, youth, and environmental groups. Last week, a team chained themselves to barrels and (in an amusing musical twist) a piano, in the path of an access road to shut down construction.

But despite their courage, leal actions, and non-violent direct action, Enbridge is pushing ahead with construction of Line 3. Bulldozers and drilling equipment are on site – and they’re close to breaching a critical river crossing under the Mississippi river. Can you raise your voice online in support of Minnesota water protectors by signing on to this petition now?

President Biden can revoke the water permits granted by Trump, but he’ll only act if we generate enough public pressure. That’s why we’ve joined with MN350, Honor the Earth, and dozens of other groups to deliver thousands of petitions calling on Biden to stop Line 3.

Indigenous leaders and our allies in Minnesota have been fighting this project for years. We’ve been emailing you about Line 3 for years, but especially in the last few weeks – as state and local regulators tossed the hot potato of approvals around, ultimately clearing the way for construction to start at the end of 2020.*

Now is the last possible moment for the President, and you, to take action. Trees are being cleared, bulldozers and drilling equipment are parked on the banks of the Mississippi, ready to mow through wild rice beds, more than 800 wetlands, as well as lands sacred to the Ojibwe and other indigenous people.

When we took action to demand Biden stop the Keystone Pipeline, he did it on his first day as President. After years of campaigning for an end to fossil fuel leases on public lands, President Biden paused those very same leases as part of a sweeping series of climate executive orders. When we take action, President Biden hears us. And his administration is willing to go farther than any other in history to address our concerns.

But we’re running our of time to stop Line 3. Sign our petition now, so we can deliver all the names right away and make sure Biden stops this disastrous Tar sands pipeline for good!

*PS if you want a great illustration and explanation of how we got here, check out this funny and fast explainer of the regulatory process for Line 3.

Hey DC – Join us EPA on Feb 11 to #BuildBackFossilFree

This week activists all over the country are taking action to show President Joe Biden that to build back better, he’s got to #BuildBackFossilFree.

In DC, a crew of our old are getting together Thursday afternoon, February 11, to show the new Administration that we support the actions they’ve already taken to stop Keystone XL and pause fossil fuel leases on public lands. Can you join us at the EPA in Downtown DC Thursday, February 11th, at 12 noon?

Our action will be fun, socially distant, COVID safe, and will encourage President Biden and his team to invest in further #BuildBackFossilFree action by:

  • Stop Line 3, DAPL and all fossil fuel projects
  • Invest in and protect frontline communities
  • End the era of fossil fuels
  • Launch a climate emergency mobilization
  • & More

Join our socially distanced event in dc:

Thursday, Feb 11, noon
EPA Headquarters:
301 12th street NW

Register here

PS – can’t make it to DC on Thursday? RSVP to take action from home or closer to home next week as part of the national Build Back Fossil Free week of action.

Next week – join us to build back fossil free!

We told President Biden that to build back better he has to build back fossil free, and the first few weeks of his administration have been even better than we’d hoped!

President Biden blocked the Keystone XL pipeline and rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement on day one – January 20. On January 28, he went further with a series of Executive orders and appointments to stop fossil fuel drilling on public lands and waters, marshal the full resources of the US government to fight the climate crisis, and centering the voices of impacted communities – especially black, brown and indigenous communities.

Those big victories are the result of years of organizing and struggle by our movements. And each announcement came after a day of action and solidarity mobilized by the national network to Build Back Fossil Free. Our day of action Jan 19 preceded the KXL announcement. Our Jan 26 digital rally was quickly followed by the climate executive orders.

Our campaign to convince Joe Biden to Build Back Fossil Free is working! But we have a lot more work to do. Will you join the Week of Action February 8-13 and help us keep building momentum to build back fossil free?

Our coalition has made a list of the executive actions Biden must take to meet moment of climate crisis. So far, he’s made some excellent choices and progress. But we need more. Now that he’s canceled KXL, we need him to block Line 3, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and more. Now that he’s paused drilling leases on public lands, and called for an end to the Big Oil Bailout, we need him to make the change permanent and ban fossil fuel extraction on public lands and end all subsidies to polluting industries.

We’ve made a detailed list of 25 key executive actions Biden can take to protect and invest in communities, end the era of fossil fuel production, and #BuildBackFossilFree. Each action comes with strong labor standards to protect workers’ rights and meaningful consultation with Indigenous peoples, workers, frontline communities, and other affected constituencies.

With the first members of Biden’s climate cabinet getting hearings and confirmation votes this week, not to mention the ongoing negotiations on a next-round of COVID relief, now is the perfect time to turn up the pressure on Biden’s team to take further action on climate change and fossil fuels.

Join our week of action to take easy, safe, actions that make a big difference to the Biden Administration. We’ve got a sample sign you can print out calling for Biden to #BuildBackFossilFree. After you sign up, we’ll send you ideas and help coach you through finding a location to take a picture where the Biden team will notice like:

  • A local fossil fuel project;
  • A local congressional or senate office;
  • An iconic landmark, intersection, or overpass;
  • Or just take a photo of yourself and your sign and share it online with #BuildBackFossilFree! 

From stopping KXL to ending fossil fuel subsidies, our movement has already shown we can push Biden into action. Now, our job is to push him beyond his first executive actions and convince him that to #buildBackBetter, you have to #BuildBackFossilFree.

Sign up now to host a #BuildBackFossilFree action next week.