Nationwide Protests To Stop #NoKXL, As Obama Delays Decision
Above: Map of More Than 200 Protests Against the KXL Pipeline for February 3, 2013 from Action Network at CREDO
Environmental groups have declared an “All Hands On Deck Moment” to stop the KXL:
“This is an all-hands-on-deck moment to send the message to President Obama that Keystone XL fails his climate test and he must reject it. On the evening of Monday, February 3rd, we’ll come together around the country to make our voices heard. RSVP for an event near you or host your own.”
The call to action came after the Friday release of the U.S. State Department’s widely criticized environmental impact statement on the controversial pipeline.
Common Dreams reports “Members of seven Lakota nation tribes, as well as indigenous communities in Idaho, Oklahoma, Montana, Nebraska and Oregon, are preparing to take action to stop Keystone XL, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network reports. This includes “moccasins on the ground” — a Lakota Nation program to train and support indigenous communities in taking action against the pipeline — as well as plans to set up spiritual camps along the proposed route.”
The Indigenous Peoples call for resistance joins over 75,000 people have pledged to commit civil disobedience to stop the Keystone XL pipeline from being built.
The Obama administration indicates a decision is not imminent as the president still wants opinions from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Energy Department, other federal agencies and the White House’s own analysis. It is likely this is an effort to delay the decision until after the mid-term elections, although White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” this is “not election-year politics.”