Blog Post: In this issue of The Dirt, Naomi Klein on why #BlackLivesMatter should transform the climate debate, a new study could put the brakes on tar sands development, Harper has no one to blame but himself for the stalled Keystone XL pipeline, and much, much more.
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Blog Post: The Senate is expected to vote today to by-pass the Obama Administration's ongoing review of whether the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is in the national interest. No doubt Senator John Hoeven (ND) will again be waiving around the flawed and outdated findings of State Department environmental review. In just a few days, federal agencies will comment on that very environmental review and whether its conclusion that the Canadian tar sands was likely to be developed with or without Keystone XL is still accurate. It's not.
Blog Post: Government action addressing climate change is evolving quickly at the provincial level but that does not absolve the federal government of its responsibility to set a level playing field and spur action. It would have been great had the federal government implemented a pan-Canadian climate change plan eight years ago — when it promised to. Or better yet 13 years ago, when the Canadian government ratified the Kyoto Protocol. But it’s not too late for the federal government to act, especially given the big advantages to doing so: fairness and effectiveness.
Press Clipping: The grossly unequal distribution of climate impacts is not some little-understood consequence of the failure to control carbon emissions. It is the result of a series of policy decisions the governments of wealthy countries have made—and continue to make—with full knowledge of the facts and in the face of strenuous objections. Clearly the definition of “dangerous” climate change had more than a little to do with the wildly unequal ways in which human lives are counted.
Blog Post: Groups opposed to the Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker project today expressed their concern in the face of a major change to safety requirements proposed for a port assessed by Transport Canada as having the highest risk of any existing Canadian port for an oil spill. “If the federal government is willing to roll back critical protection to speed up tanker traffic for oil companies, then what hope can we have that Enbridge will be required to live up to their promises in the Great Bear Sea?” said Caitlyn Vernon, campaigns director of Sierra Club BC.
Blog Post: Today, Reverend Lennox Yearwood of the Hip-Hop Caucus will join Lakota spiritual leader Chief Arvol Looking Horse and other faith leaders for an interfaith service in front of the White House to protest the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The faith leaders will urge President Obama to reject the permit for the pipeline immediately, citing concern over its impact on the climate and natural environment.
Visual: This action of how activists punked Kinder Morgan executives at dinner this weekend is AMAZING. Please watch the video! Note how much more powerful the action was because it was led by front line community leaders, with a message of how the tar sands impacts their health and human rights, rather than it being another action about climate / environmental values on their own. More powerful + less easy to dismiss. This kind of work is the future of the movement.