350.org on Keystone XL Pipeline Decision: “This Fight Is Far From Over”

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350.org on Keystone XL Pipeline Decision: “This Fight Is Far From Over”

WASHINGTON - After the Nebraska Public Service Commission rejected the proposed route and approved an alternative route for the Keystone XL pipeline this morning, 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben gave the following response:

“No one should give up. For seven years now public pressure has kept 800,000 barrels a day of tar sands oil underground, and in the process helped spawn a worldwide fight against fossil fuel infrastructure. We will work with our colleagues in the upper Midwest on the next steps to defend their land and our climate.”

350.org Executive Director May Boeve gave the following response:

“This fight is far from over. By pushing Keystone XL onto a new route, the commission all but guaranteed more delays and hurdles for TransCanada to work through. We’ll be there with our allies pushing back on them every step of the way. Today’s decision did nothing to change the fundamental facts: Keystone XL is a disaster for our communities and the climate. It must not be built.

Fighting Keystone has always been about more than one pipeline; it’s been a tipping point for the movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground. Obama’s rejection of Keystone XL was a historic blow to the fossil fuel industry, and it’s exactly why Trump championed this project from day one. To build the fossil free world we need, it will take everyone’s help to stop Keystone, and all the dirty energy projects that threaten our communities and climate.”

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350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth. But solutions exist. All around the world, a movement is building to take on the climate crisis, to get humanity out of the danger zone and below 350. This movement is massive, it is diverse, and it is visionary. We are activists, scholars, and scientists. We are leaders in our businesses, our churches, our governments, and our schools. We are clean energy advocates, forward-thinking politicians, and fearless revolutionaries. And we are united around the world, driven to make our planet livable for all who come after us.

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