The Climate Movement Just Delivered Over 800,000 Petition Signatures To The Senate

Written by Mike G

Topics: Action, Oil

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Update 02/16/12 01:32PM PT:

350.org just sent out the following update:

Here’s where we stand: at the beginning of last week our opponents were confident and a Senate vote on Keystone XL seemed inevitable. Now, 800,000 messages later, Sen. Chuck Schumer – one of the most powerful Democrats in the Senate – has pledged to work to against the pipeline, President Obama has promised to veto any transportation bill that includes Keystone XL, and a vote on the project is likely to be delayed another week and a half.

As you can see, Keystone XL isn’t dead yet. We need to remain vigilant. Go here for info on how to call your Senators and make sure they know you’re still watching.

Here’s another awesome photo, of all the petitions being carried to the Senate:


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When news leaked that the Senate was about to revive the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline — despite President Obama standing up to Big Oil and rejecting the pipeline last month — the climate movement leapt into action.

RAN joined with a massive coalition of environmental and progressive activists to send over 800,000 petition signatures — gathered in just 24 hours — to the Senate. Our demand was simple: Represent us, the people, not Big Oil. Reject any attempt to revive the pipeline.

It was truly inspiring to see the response. This isn’t even all of the boxes that were delivered to the Senate yesterday:

The climate movement is united in ways that it hasn’t ever been before, and this 24-hour petition to stop the Keystone XL pipeline from being revived in the Senate really showed our collective power.

Here’s how Bill McKibben described the coalition on DailyKos:

[T]he entire environmental community is locking arms today. I mean, the whole thing–from the corporate friendly Environmental Defense Fund to the corporate unfriendly Rainforest Action Network. I mean, the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters and the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Wildlife Federation and Green For All and everyone else who’s ever tried to save a whale, clean a lake, build a park, find a solar job. But not just them–the rest of the progressive world is joining in too, from the Labor Network for Sustainability to MoveOn, from Credo to Democracy for America, from Public Citizen to the Change.Org. There are faith groups and businesses–a whole list can be found here.

The 24-hour effort was aided by the legendary Colbert Bump, as McKibben went on The Colbert Report to discuss Keystone XL and efforts to stop it from becoming reality and thereby dooming us all to runaway global warming. Watch:

8 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Branto says:

    That’s a great picture!

  2. Leah W. Boyd says:

    The individual can feel so hopeless in the face of such enormous power, the web and computer community has now changed all of that, enabling all of the “little people” to form one solid group. Love it!

  3. Thank you everyone! What an incredible effort. It is the year of revolution.Let’s do more, non-violent protests.

    Here in Portland, Oregon, I am going to print out information about “Whole Foods” allowing Monsanto’s genetically modified Franken-foods into their store. I need clean non-poisoned food for me and child who suffers from an unknown anxiety disorder.

    I am going to go to the store and hand out these informative flyers to educate customers.We pay top dollar for CLEAN food.
    Any one else have ideas about how to stop Monsanto from poisoning our Organic Food? I understand that the chemicals they produce for farming has neuro-toxins.

    Thanks again,
    Mom in Oregon

  4. Norm says:

    It looks like the so called “Activists” have stirred up a hornets nest!!
    The common people have spoken. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.!!

  5. S Mumford says:

    It great work :) From we around the world signing online petitions to the ones on the ground composing them and giving facts and detail to filling boxes and delivering.
    The internet has given us all input at just the time we needed it – when corporations and their enablers thought they had it zipped up ;)

  6. Terry Yoder says:

    Thanks for what you do to save the environment.

  7. THAT’S TERRIFIC! YOU ARE ALL DOING A SUPERB JOB OF KEEPING THE BIG CORPORATIONS ON THEIR TOES AND MAKING SURE THEY STOP THINKING THEY OWN PLANET EARTH.
    TO REALIZE I HAVE HAD SUCH A HUGE IMPACT JUST SIGNING THE PETITION MAKES ME FEEL SO FINE TO BELONG TO THIS BEAUTIFUL, EXTRAORDINARY WORLD.

    THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU
    JAIPAL

  8. SilverQueen7 says:

    Wonderful wonderful! We will never, never, never give up! Thank you for all you do!

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