Tell Joe Biden: Take the "NoKXL Pledge"

Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden

Update: Joe Biden is the last of the Democratic candidates for President who has not answered our calls and emails over the past eight months to take the "NoKXL Pledge" -- and pledge to revoke Trump's illegal permit and stop the Keystone XL pipeline on Day One in office.

Presidential candidates are asked many questions about what they’ll do if they are elected. Many of those questions focus on reforming vast structural problems — which in most cases will also require a separate effort launched by Congress.

But we have a question for the Democratic presidential candidates that a newly elected President will have full authority over on Day One in office:

Will you reverse President Trump’s reckless, unilateral action to approve a permit and stop the Keystone XL pipeline?

President Trump took an unprecedented and unilateral action in March 2019 to approve a single pipeline with the stroke of a pen, on an "Executive Memorandum" granting a permit for TransCanada's (now called TC Energy's) proposed Keystone XL tarsands export pipeline project.

The pipeline would pump the dirtiest of fossil fuels, tarsands, from where it's mined in Alberta, Canada, across 1,179 miles of critical bodies of water, Tribal treaty lands, and family farms and ranches in Nebraska, South Dakota and Montana — to Gulf Coast refineries, from where it would be exported to overseas markets.

U.S. Presidents are not empowered to write up proclamations that give Big Oil a free ride, and bypass our nation's bedrock environmental laws written to protect our water, land, clean air and a livable climate. You may recall that this same pipeline project was rejected in 2014 by President Obama, whose administration found it to be not in the U.S. national interest because it would significantly exacerbate our climate crisis. (Vice President Biden was standing next to Obama when he rejected KXL).

While Bold and other landowner, environmental and Indigenous groups have filed new challenges to Trump's illegal KXL pipeline permit in federal court -- and a federal judge recently agreed with us and invalidated a key permit for KXL, placing an injunction stopping any construction through U.S. waterways -- we are urging former Vice President Biden to pledge now to revoke Trump's unprecedented, unilaterally issued permit for KXL.

If Joe Biden is elected, we ask him to pledge to take executive action on Day One in office to revoke Trump's issuance of pipeline permits-by-presidential-fiat for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, and immediately restore a true "climate test" for further review by federal agencies (Army Corps, FERC) of these projects — and all new energy projects — like Enbridge's Line 3 tarsands pipeline, fracked gas pipelines in Appalachia, and vast expansion plans for LNG exports. We further ask the incoming Democratic president to end eminent domain abuse, and to honor our treaties with sovereign Tribal Nations.

The President of the United States should stand with the sovereign rights of Tribal Nations, the property rights of farmers and ranchers in rural communities opposed to the pipeline, and everyday Americans who care about a livable planet for our grandchildren who have been fighting together to stop KXL for nearly ten years.

Add your name to our call for Joe Biden to take the "NoKXL Pledge" — and pledge, if elected, to take executive action on Day One to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and restore a true "climate test" for all energy projects.

Updated List of NoKXL Democratic Candidate Pledge Takers — THANK YOU!
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (8/13/19)
Gov. Jay Inslee (8/13/19)
Sen. Bernie Sanders (8/14/19)
Tom Steyer (8/15/19)
Sec. Julian Castro (8/19/19)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (8/19/19)
Sen. Cory Booker (8/27/19)
Admiral Joe Sestak (8/28/19)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (8/28/19)
Sen. Kamala Harris (8/29/19)

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To: Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden
From: [Your Name]

We urge former Vice President Joe Biden to take the "NoKXL Pledge":

+ If elected, I pledge to take executive action on Day One to stop any construction on the Keystone XL pipeline — no matter what — and revoke the existing presidential permits issued unilaterally by President Trump for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, sending both projects back to relevant federal agencies to undergo legitimate environmental review and Tribal consultations.

+ I pledge to direct all federal agencies (State Dept., FERC, Army Corps) to submit these two projects, as well as all new pipeline and energy infrastructure projects to a true climate test, and reject permits for any project that would exacerbate our climate crisis.

+ I pledge to protect the property rights of farmers and ranchers from eminent domain abuse, and to honor the treaties the U.S. Government has signed with sovereign Tribal Nations.

[Your name]

NoKXL Pledge Coalition:
Bold Nebraska & Bold Alliance
Nebraska Easement Action Team
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska
Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
Indigenous Environmental Network Action
Greenpeace USA
Sunrise Movement
Oil Change U.S.
Friends of the Earth Action
Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund
Climate Hawks Vote
Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Progressive Democrats of America
NYC Grassroots Alliance
Earth Action
Bucks Environmental Network
Greenbelt Climate Action Network
Anthropocene Alliance
New York Climate Action Group
Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline
Coalition Against the Pilgrim Pipeline
Seeding Sovereignty
MN 350