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Thanu Yakupitiyage, U.S. Communications Manager, 350.org, +1-413-687-5160; thanu@350.org, Dani Heffernan. U.S. Communications Coordinator, 350.org, +1-305-992-1544; dani@350.org

350.org Responds to Leaked Infrastructure Plan: “Trump is Paving Paradise to Build Climate-Wrecking Infrastructure”

WASHINGTON -  Ahead of the State of the Union, media sources leaked a White House infrastructure proposal that scales back environmental regulations to fast-track construction of pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure. The proposal helps the fossil fuel industry build oil and gas pipelines by gutting environmental reviews, ignoring indigenous rights, and silencing climate science concerns from agencies like EPA.

In response, 350.org executive director May Boeve made the following statement:

“Trump is paving paradise to build climate-wrecking infrastructure - pipelines that carry polluting fossil fuels and other inevitable disasters. This phony infrastructure package sidelines the health and safety of our communities for a give away to the fossil fuel industry and corporate developers.

“What we need is 21st century clean energy infrastructure, not a bunch of pipelines that keep us caught in a destructive fossil fueled era. While Trump is stuck in the past, communities are demanding a fossil free future - one where their cities and states make a fast and just transition to 100% renewables, where fossil fuels are kept in the ground, and where there are millions of good paying jobs in burgeoning sectors such as wind and solar.

“In the last year alone, we’ve seen indigenous communities, backed by farmers and ranchers, voice strong opposition to climate-wrecking pipeline projects like the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Trump’s latest ploy is most certainly a response to the record participation by communities in pipeline review processes, many efforts blocking such infrastructure projects.

“We will fight this proposal tooth and nail. And we start this Wednesday by joining with dozens of climate activists in Washington D.C. to lay out our plans for a fossil free future.”

More information on 350.org’s “Climate State of the Union” to be held on January 31st below:

Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance

WHEN: January 31, 2018 at 7PM EST

WHERE: Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University

730 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052

(livestream will be available at gofossilfree.org/usa)

WHO:

Senator Bernie Sanders

Bill McKibben, Co-Founder, 350.org

Reverend Lennox Yearwood, President and CEO, Hip Hop Caucus

Cherri Foytlin, L’eau Est La Vie Camp (Water is Life Camp) and Louisiana Rise

Jameka Hodnett, National Field Organizer, Ready for 100, Sierra Club

Adriana Voss-Andreae, Executive Director, 350PDX

Tara Rodriguez Besosa, Puerto Rico Resistance Fund

Jacqueline Patterson, Director of Environmental and Climate Justice Program, NAACP

Varshini Prakash, Sunrise Movement

Jessica Lorena Rangel, Eyes of a Dreamer

MEDIA RSVP: Media must RSVP to media@350.org by Tuesday, January 30th at NOON to secure a seat.

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