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CREDO: Keystone XL vote a payback to Big Oil and the Koch Brothers

By January 29, 2015 No Comments

In response to the Senate’s vote today attempting to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, CREDO released the following statement:

“The Republican’s Keystone XL obsession is about one thing and one thing only – a direct payback to Big Oil,” said Elijah Zarlin, senior campaign manager for CREDO, adding, “specifically, this is a payback to the Koch brothers, who likely spent more than anyone else to elect the Republican Senate, and also happen to be the largest non-Canadian leaseholder of Canadian tar sands.”

Zarlin continued, “the American people oppose Congress forcing a decision on Keystone XL, and given the actual problems we are facing, the notion that Keystone XL should be the first or highest priority of Congress is literally insulting,” concluding “As long as they continue their Keystone XL obsession, Republicans are turning their back on the American people.”

CREDO has played a key role in the fight to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. Below are some highlights of our activism.

97,000 ACTIVISTS HAVE SIGNED THE KEYSTONE XL PLEDGE OF RESISTANCE: More than 97,000 people have signed the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance, committing to risk arrest in peaceful, dignified civil disobedience, if President Obama’s administration moves toward approving the Keystone XL pipeline. As part of the Pledge of Resistance, thousands of activists have been trained to lead or participate in direct actions where they would risk arrest.

MORE THAN 3.8 MILLION PETITION SIGNATURES: CREDO Activists have generated 3,858,625 petition signatures in opposition to Keystone XL.

MORE THAN 500,000 PUBLIC COMMENTS: CREDO activists have submitted 511,000 public comments to President Obama’s state department in opposition to Keystone XL.

MORE THAN 40,000 PHONE CALLS IN OPPOSITION TO KEYSTONE XL: CREDO Activists have made 42,804 phone calls to the White House, the State Department, the EPA, Members of Congress and others in opposition to Keystone XL

283 PROTEST VIGILS ATTENDED BY MORE THAN 10,000 ACTIVISTS: Just 72 hours after the release of the State Department’s final environmental impact statement in 2014, CREDO organized 283 protest vigils in 49 states, with more than 10,000 total participants. It was the biggest, rapid-response, on-the-ground demonstration of Obama’s presidency to date.