Wed 2/17: Two anti-fossil fuel actions to take today!

Action #1: Join in today’s call-in project to stop the Line 3 tar sands pipeline!

Basics: Line 3 is a tar sands pipeline already under construction in northern Minnesota by Enbridge, the multinational corporation responsible for the largest US inland oil spill. This project to transport a million barrels of corrosive tar sands per day from the world’s most destructive oil operation in Canada, violates treaty rights, risks over 200 bodies of water and untouched wetlands with the threat of an oil spill, and reverses our progress on climate change with a carbon equivalent of 50 coal-fired power plants. It’s being funded by Chase Bank.

Make the calls: Join in today to call Chase Bank’s CEOs, executives, and board members and ask them to stop funding this project. It’s easy to do. Just sign in here and you’ll get a script and they’ll help you dial.

Send some emails: Link here. Add your voice to the growing demand to banks like Chase, Citi, Bank of America and TD Bank to STOP financing Line 3. Send a direct email to CEOs now to demand that they stop funding the toxic Line 3 pipeline. Your email will go directly to the inboxes of CEOs, executives, and Board members of the banks funding Line 3.

Some background…

After conducting an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the Minnesota Department of Commerce, denounced the proposed project, stating: “In light of the serious risks and effects on the natural and socioeconomic environments of the existing Line 3 and the limited benefit that the existing Line 3 provides to Minnesota refineries, it is reasonable to conclude that Minnesota would be better off if Enbridge proposed to cease operations of the existing Line 3, without any new pipeline being built.” The the EIS estimated that the social cost of carbon from those emissions would total more than $120 billion over 30 years.

Here is some of the history of the project from 2016. Line 3 is actually a replacement for an older leaking version, which the company wants to abandon in place.

Action #2: Write to Joe Biden to fulfill his promise to end the era of fossil fuel.

Email Joe a letter here. Under “Message Type,” scroll to “Contact the President.” You’re welcome use the model message below but it’s even better if you can personalize it. Also, sign this petition here.

Dear President Biden, 

We desperately need you to live up to your promises and take executive action to deliver healthy communities, millions of good-paying jobs, and a better life for people on the frontlines of fossil fuel racism, pollution, and the climate crisis. Please use all the tools at your disposal to avert further climate devastation while helping people recover from the pandemic. The #BuildBackFossilFree folks have a list of 25 actions that need to be taken to avert climate devastation while helping people recover. ( Please, use your executive authority from Day One to:

  • Protect and invest in the Black, Indigenous, Brown, and working-class communities that have borne the brunt of fossil fuel pollution and climate disaster.
  • End the era of fossil fuel production, reject fossil fuel projects, and eliminate giveaways to oil, gas, and coal corporations. Implement a fossil fuel moratorium for environmental justice communities, INCLUDING PIPELINES! Halt new fossil fuel infrastructure, operations, and transport in and around environmental justice communities.
  • Launch a national climate mobilization to Build Back Fossil Free, delivering jobs, justice, and opportunity for all.

We, along with your kids and grandchildren, want a world beyond fossil fuels: a world in which workers’ rights, community health, and our shared climate come before corporate profits. We appreciate all you’ve done so far but we need you to do more.

Sincerely, ______________________________

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