Last week, the Nebraska Public Service Commission made a major decision on a cornerstone of Trump’s fossil fuel agenda, the Keystone XL pipeline: commissioners rejected the preferred route, but issued a permit for an alternative route for the project through the state.
Our hearts sank hearing this news, but we also know this pipeline is far from a done deal. The PSC’s decision opens up TransCanada, the company behind Keystone XL, to a whole new slew of obstacles that could keep this pipeline from moving forward. One of the biggest is us.
As soon as Keystone XL’s alternative route was approved, Indigenous leaders, tribal governments, and their allies who were gathered together in South Dakota launched the Promise to Protect asking everyone who can to commit to joining future resistance along the pipeline route when called upon by frontline and Indigenous leaders. At the same time, these leaders held a second signing of a treaty to Protect the Sacred and stop the expansion of Canada’s tar sands.
We don’t know exactly when that time for us to mobilize will come, but when it does, we’ll be ready. Already over 12,000 people have made this commitment – an astonishing show of resistance and solidarity against this project and the Trump administration’s attempts to bolster the fossil fuel industry.
To start preparing for this moment and get everyone up to speed on the latest developments, we’re holding a mass meeting on Wednesday, December 6th, at 5pm PST/8pm EST. We’ll discuss the Keystone XL decision, what it means, and where we’re going from here. Sign up to join the meeting and we’ll send you the info to join by phone or computer.
Our commitment to peacefully resist when called upon is more important than ever. Since last week’s decision, TransCanada has asked the PSC to “reconsider” its decision, and claims they’re gaining more interest from shippers for the pipeline — but that’s not the whole story. There’s many more hurdles to cross and TransCanada will continue to face legal challenges from farmers, ranchers, and tribal nations living along the Keystone XL route.
Just last week, a federal judge ruled that a lawsuit filed against the Trump administration for fast tracking the pipeline can move forward. This is yet another hurdle TransCanada will have to overcome – in addition to securing the financing to build the project at all.
This fight has always been more than just one pipeline. What we know for certain is that we need to stop Keystone XL and every project like it, keep fossil fuels in the ground, and transition to clean energy for all. Every day for nearly a decade Indigenous leaders, farmers and ranchers, and their supporters around the world have been stopping this pipeline, keeping millions of barrels of tar sands oil in the ground, and we’re not done. Everyday this pipeline isn’t built is a day closer to defeating it for good.
Sign up here to join a webinar on Wednesday, December 6th, at 5pm PST/8pm EST to learn how you can continue supporting these efforts and hold the line against Keystone XL.