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Mark Hefflinger, Bold Nebraska, 323-972-5192,

Collin Rees, Oil Change U.S., 308-293-3159,

Democratic Presidential Candidates Sign "NoKXL Pledge" to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline on Day One if Elected

As candidates gear up for CNN and MSNBC Climate Forums, activists push for clarity on fossil fuel infrastructure  

Hastings, NE

After delivering a letter asking all of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to sign the "NoKXL Pledge" on Aug. 13, so far ten of the candidates have signed onto the pledge -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Gov. Jay Inslee (no longer in the race), Sen. Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Sec. Julian Castro, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Sen. Cory Booker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sen. Kamala Harris -- making it clear that on Day One in office they will revoke the unprecedented, unilateral permit that President Trump issued for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

Over the years, Democratic candidates and elected officials have made it clear that there is a link between building new fossil fuel infrastructure and climate change. Before the Keystone XL fight, even the Democratic Party supported building more pipelines, without regard to how this infrastructure locks us into additional decades of fossil fuel dependence and worsens climate change.

The #NoKXL Pledge is backed by a coalition of farmers, ranchers, Tribal Nations and environmental groups that have been fighting the proposed Keystone XL tarsands export pipeline for 10 years.

The #NoKXL Pledge specifically urges the Democratic presidential candidates to pledge to:

  • Immediately revoke the unilateral permits issued by President Trump for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines;
  • Direct all federal agencies (State Department, FERC, Army Corps) to submit these two projects -- as well as all new energy infrastructure projects -- to a true climate test;
  • Reject any project that will exacerbate our climate crisis; and
  • Protect property rights from eminent domain abuse and honor U.S. treaties with sovereign Tribal Nations.

View letter to Democratic candidates urging them to take the 'NoKXL Pledge':

Online petition urging candidates to sign the NoKXL Pledge:

"NoKXL Pledge" Coalition Co-Sponsors:

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

Bold Alliance is a non-profit organization fighting fossil fuel projects, protecting landowners against eminent domain abuse, and working for clean energy solutions while building an engaged base of citizens who care about the land, water and climate change.