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CREDO’s Statement on the State Department’s Report on Conflict of Interest of Keystone XL Environmental Review

By February 26, 2014 No Comments

Following the release of the State Department’s Inspector General’s report on conflict of interest in the Keystone XL environmental review, CREDO, a national progressive organization working to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, reacted to the news:

“Secretary of State John Kerry inherited this mess, and now it’s time for him to bring it to a close by stating what is obvious — that this pipeline is not in our national interest,” said Elijah Zarlin, CREDO’s senior campaign manager and formerly a senior national email writer on President Obama’s 2008 campaign. “If he doesn’t, more than 78,000 Americas stand ready to risk arrest to stop the White House and the State Department from putting the oil industry’s interest before our national interest, and recommending approval of Keystone XL.”

CREDO, a SF-based organization with 3.4 million members nationwide, has been training an army of activists to organize a massive wave of civil disobedience if President Obama’s administration recommends approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Here are some initial stats on CREDO’s work leading up to President Obama’s decision on Keystone XL:

  • 78,000 PEOPLE PLEDGE TO RISK ARREST IF NECESSARY TO STOP KEYSTONE XL: CREDO, Rainforest Action Network and the Other 98% launched the Pledge of Resistance where activists commit to engage in peaceful, civil disobedience if Secretary Kerry recommends approval of Keystone XL to the president. To date, more than 78,000 people have signed the pledge.
  • TRAINING HUNDREDS OF ORGANIZERS TO LEAD CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE ACTIONS: The groups have trained more than 400 organizers in cities and towns across the country to help lead their own civil disobedience actions in their communities. The groups will soon begin another wave of training tours in multiple cities in preparation for the conclusion of the NID process.
  • CREDO WHIPS SUPPORT FOR REP. GRIJALVA’s LETTER TO OBAMA: CREDO whipped members of Congress to co-sign Rep. Grijalva’s March, 2013 letter, which was co-signed by 30 members of Congress, urging President Obama to reject Keystone XL. CREDO activists submitted more than 80,000 signatures in support and reported making more than 6,300 calls to key Democrats urging them to sign Rep. Grijalva’s letter.
  • MORE THAN 280 VIGILS OPPOSING KEYSTONE XL: CREDO led the campaign, along with Rainforest Action Network, the Sierra Club and 350.org, and dozens of other groups, in organizing more than 280 vigils across the country opposing Keystone XL. This campaign was the biggest in-person rapid-response mobilization targeting President Obama during his two terms in office.
  • MORE THAN 300,000 PUBLIC COMMENTS COLLECTED: CREDO has collected more than 300,000 public comments opposing Keystone XL during the various comment periods.