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Obama must seize his moral responsibility and reject Keystone XL

By January 9, 2015 No Comments

In response to the Nebraska Supreme Court’s decision today to uphold the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route through Nebraska, CREDO Action – which has played a leading role in opposing the pipeline by organizing nearly 100,000 activists to pledge to risk arrest if needed to stop its construction – released the following statement:

“The clock is now ticking on President Obama’s decision on the Keystone XL pipeline,” said Elijah Zarlin, senior campaign manager at CREDO. “The Nebraska Supreme Court just threw landowners, clean air, and clean water under the bus – but the President doesn’t have to,” he added. “It’s clearer than ever that Keystone XL fails his climate test, and it’s time for him to seize his moral responsibility to current and future generations of Americans by immediately rejecting Keystone XL.”

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, 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.