Call Out In Response To Imminent KXL Decision

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Above photo: Protesters sit in against the KXL Pipeline, from US News and World Report.

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On Monday, November 20th, the Public Service Commission, an elected board representing the so-called state of Nebraska, will most likely vote in favor of approving Transcanada’s route for the Keystone XL pipeline through the ancestral home of the Pawnee, Otoe, Ponca, Sioux and Omaha peoples. This vote comes on the heels of large public upheaval against this specific pipeline and a 200,000 gallon oil spill from the original Keystone pipeline this week. This is the last political hurdle the pipeline needs to clear before the state can then begin eminent domain proceedings to seize the few tract of lands that Transcanada currently doesn’t have access too.

1kxl2For years, the climate movement has concentrated its efforts on non-violent and “democratic” efforts to stop KXL. We, on the other hand, have never held hope for these efforts, for history has proven that democratic efforts are bent to the will of politicians, professional organizers and industry. We do not adhere to the democratic path, the dominant ideology, that enough signatures, enough non-profit dollars will be able to halt this black snake. It is naive to think that reasonable actions will halt this project, therefore, for us, to be of use means to resist.

We would like to inspire conversations around tactical responses to KXL and other pipelines because we do not want to march and go home. We want to see this pipeline ended and create a new opening, a tear in the fabric, to find even deeper affinity and explore what is possible. We are here to confront the spectre of colonialism, genocide and total ecological destruction, as we stand in a time that can only be described as the end of the world. (remember: endings are always beginnings.)

KXL is unique since it was already “defeated” when Obama rejected Transcanada’s proposal back in 2015. As it lurches back (and then back again) from the grave, like some reanimated General Custer, it will not go back under the same way again. All the procedures have been exhausted. There is no president, governor, or public service commission board member left to stop this project, period. They never wanted to in the first place. It would be foolish to put any hope in another legal alternative (i.e. the judicial system) to magically be pulled out of a hat. While courts may delay construction or even mandate a change to the route, a wholesale axing of the pipeline or an upheaval of the system that intrinsically encourages massive energy infrastructure to be built, will never be realized.

Allow us also a moment of time to address (against our better judgement) Jane Kleeb and all those that associate themselves with the Bold Nebraska brand. Your games have been played out. In August you pledged to “put [y]our bodies on the line” and to make “Standing Rock look like a rehearsal.” Now is the time when we see whether the spirit of your words will meet that of your bodies. What is your intention: posturing, inhabiting your white colonial privilege? Or actually stopping this pipeline with every available tactic and resource at your disposal?

The aforementioned game has reached its end. The masks we have all worn, have reached the end of their usefulness. It is time to engage with one another not as mere players, but as serious actors in this intense conflict. The time for unity, civility and pacified discourse (and thus, tactics) is over. It is now time for us to stand with and in support of those most affected by this neo-colonial energy extraction project.

Encampments, disruptions, resistance, sabotage, all forms of action must be strategically used to make it physically impossible for Transcanada to continue through on this project. We remember those people who have been attacking the construction of energy infrastructure in various forms throughout time. From MEND in the Nigerian Delta to the Catholic Workers who sabotaged the DAPL in Iowa, and even the rural resistance of the Bolt Weevils in Minnesota.

With these rebellious spirits in our hearts, we invite our friends, accomplices and those that find affinity (in Nebraska or otherwise) to take action on Monday, November 20th. Hatch plans and get busy: Wheatpaste, spray paint, shout from the street corner, call up spirits, cast spells, attack and subvert.

The next night do the same.

And the next and the next and the next…..

  • tibetan cowboy

    Somehow, relentlessly, blow up the pipeline and all associated equipment routinely, beginning now, the entire length of the pipeline, and the workers’ / owners’ vehicles, as starters. Nothing will make a difference at this point except violence and illegal activities, sorry to say. That is how it works. They the pipeline owners / workers / truck drivers and bank financiers are the terrorists now. Deal with them appropriately, because they are a far greater threat than ISIS or al-Qaeda could ever be.

  • kevinzeese

    What will be the reaction from the public? Activists will be accused of being terrorists. Will people want to join a violent conflict with the biggest military and most armed police in the world?

    What will be the reaction of the state and federal government? They are well armed and lots of prison space and can build more. Will they come after all pipeline protesters?

    And, that is just the beginning. Your suggestion shows why over the last 100 years research has found that nonviolent movements succeed more than twice as often as violent movements. Nonviolent can still be aggressive, strategic and persistent. We need to create events where no matter what the people in power do to respond, they lose. That is not easy but when it is done that is how we win.

    We need to build a mass movement that brings not only those impacted by the oil and gas industry in a negative way but by others who are even from the power structure – business, workers, students, members of the duopoly, media and even enforcement. That is our task. We need to create national consensus in support of our cause. These are the ingredients that have won previous popular struggles and achieveing these goals is why violent movements usually fail — and fail pretty quickly.

    Your suggestion might seem like it would feel good in the short run but the consequences would be a major setback for a movement that is growing and having a lot of impact. There is no short term fix, we need to build a mass popular movement that represents the views of a super majority of people in the United States — they do not all have to be active but they need to see we are on their side.