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WOW–Keystone Pipeline Effectively Killed!


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I just got the news (from a newsletter sent by Bill McKibben) that sometimes during the last couple hours, President Obama delayed the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline until 2013, a move that most analysts agree will kill it forever.

In explaining his decision, Obama spoke to the importance that any further review take into consideration the enormous impact the pipeline would have on our climate, and also on the land where the pipeline would be built.

In his letter, McKibben noted how unlikely this is. A month ago, it seemed almost certain that the pipeline would be approved by the end of 2011–especially given the tremendous power oil lobbyists have over the American political system. But instead, the people stood up for their future, launching a movement that resulted in hundreds of arrests, and culminated in 12,000 people held hands around the White House. And President Obama responded.

This doesn’t mean our climate is safe, of course–not by a long shot. This is only the beginning. But what a fine place to start saving our climate!

In his letter, Bill McKibben invited readers to take a pledge, not only to oppose any future efforts to construct this pipeline, but to oppose all projects that threaten our climate.

Sign me up!

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  1. John Erickson permalink
    11/10/2011 9:43 PM

    This should be fatal to this project, since only our Republican party would continue to fund it, and with the cast of absolute jackasses they’re fielding for the 2012 elections, Obama and the Democratic party are shoe-ins. Glad to hear this nightmare is dead, or at least dying!

    • 11/13/2011 5:40 PM

      Me too! Hopefully Obama gets reelected. He’s still pretty friendly to corporate interests, but at least he’s demonstrably responsive to overwhelming public opposition. (With an impending election, anyway.)

  2. 11/11/2011 10:56 AM

    This is excellent news! I’m so glad to hear Obama use the kind of reasoning that is at least somewhat close to the precautionary principle. We need more of that… actually bothering to verify the safety of something before jumping in with both feet.

    I can practically hear the collective sigh of relief. :)

    • 11/13/2011 5:42 PM

      For sure. the fact that he mentioned climate change when discussing the possibility of future reviews is so promising.

  3. 11/11/2011 6:41 PM

    I am over the moon with this news. When I read that same email from Bill McKibben yesterday, I could not help but send it out to my friends and family, I was so excited and overjoyed. The idea that PEOPLE could make a difference, that all those protests were not in vain, that they helped shape the course of history… It is just so motivating, and restores some of my faith in this world. I knew that if Keystone XL went through that it would shake my foundation of hope, so I am so glad it did not go through! I am so happy that the growth in the oil sands in Alberta will start to slow, I am just so happy happy happy.

    Big thanks to all those who participated in the acts of civil disobedience in the summer, and to the circle of love around the Whitehouse last weekend. The world thanks you!!! :)

    • 11/13/2011 5:44 PM

      That it does! It’s an encouraging example of protest’s effectiveness. With overwhelming public oppositions, democratically-elected officials can only back down.

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