Delaware says REJECT KEYSTONE XL!
Start: January 13, 2015• 5:00 PM
Meet after work/school at the Chelsea Tavern (as soon as you can arrive between 5-5:45pm) for happy hour and an update on where we stand in the fight against Keystone XL. Around 5:50pm we'll walk over to the together to demonstrate in front of the Federal Courthouse at 844 N. King St. It's about a 1.5 block walk and anyone who can't make it until 6pm is encouraged to meet us at the Courthouse for a short rally calling on President Obama to reject Keystone XL once and for all.
Friday afternoon the majority of the Nebraska Supreme Court decided that granting approval for Keystone XL was contrary to the Nebraska Constitution, unfortunately three justices decided that Nebraskans should not have standing to challenge a foreign oil company in their court and refused to decide the merits of the case--denying the necessary super majority of five.
President Obama has consistently said that he would wait for the court decision to make his final decision, and now that it's happened, we have to move quickly to ride the momentum. The President has the final say whether this pipeline is in the national interest, which of course we know it's not. And the President has been emboldened recently--largely due to the political cover created by our activism--to show he understands that.
The press, the politicos and the White House will be watching closely to see if this movement still has the energy to swing the President into action. I believe that we do -- and Tuesday is our chance to show it. On Tuesday 1/13 there will be events around the country calling on President Obama to make good on his word and deny this pipeline to unchecked tar sands exploitation,and a world where Delaware will surely be underwater.
If President Obama and Secretary Kerry want to show that the U.S. is serious about tackling climate change, then there is no option other than to reject this toxic tar sands pipeline, it's that simple. 2015 will be a critical year for climate action, culminating in the UN climate negotiations in Paris in December; green-lighting Keystone XL and opening the doors to wide-scale tar sands development show the rest of the world that the US still can't get serious about curbing carbon emissions.
We need YOU to stand for climate justice to give President Obama the courage and political cover to say NO KXL!