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Bill McKibben: We Need to Win Not Delay the Keystone XL Pipeline Decision

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Yesterday's Keystone XL news from DC is both important and murky. In brief, the Obama administration announced yet another delay in their decision about the pipeline, meaning it may be past the midterm elections before a final call is made.

Three things strike me:

  • In pipeline terms it's a win. Every day we delay a decision is a day when 830,000 barrels of oil stays safely in the ground. Together we've kept them at bay for three years now, and will continue to until perhaps the beginning of next year it seems.

  • In climate terms, it's a disappointment. Since the State Department can't delay floods and droughts and El Ninos, we actually need President Obama providing climate leadership. If he'd just follow the science and reject the stupid pipeline he'd finally send a much-needed signal to the rest of the planet that he's getting serious.

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  • In movement terms, it's a sweet reminder that when we stand up we win. Three years ago this pipeline was a done deal, and thanks to you it's come steadily undone. We can't match Exxon or the Koch Bros with money; we can and have matched them with passion, spirit, creativity and sacrifice.

So the  Keystone fight  goes on -- we hope many of you will be in DC next weekend for  Reject and Protect , joining the Cowboy Indian Alliance to say "hell no" to the pipeline. The Alliance members coming to DC next week are some of the strongest leaders in this fight.

If you can't be there yourself, can you show your support for the Cowboy Indian Alliance by telling President Obama and Secretary Kerry to use this delay to meet with them.

The decision to delay was made -- supposedly -- on account for the impact of a possible new pipeline route in Nebraska. As it happens, next week Nebraskans and members of U.S. Tribes and Canadian First Nations will be in Washington -- it seems to me that it would be prudent for the President and Kerry to make plans to meet with the Cowboy Indian Alliance at their encampment and get their story of what this pipeline would mean on the ground.

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The climate fight can't be delayed. We need to keep building the movement, and we need to keep putting heat on leaders like President Obama until we win, not delay, the decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. Yesterday's DC decision just reinforces the message that if we stand together we will make a decisive difference -- and there is an important opportunity on the horizon to do that in the biggest way yet, to be announced soon.

The last thing to say is thank you. You are the strength in this movement, and together we will make even more amazing things possible.

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Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books, including The End of Nature and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, he writes regularly for Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, and The (more...)
 
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