Posts By Scott Parkin

Scott Parkin - who has written 478 posts on Rainforest Action Network Blog.

Scott Parkin currently works as Rainforest Action Network's Senior Campaigner on the Global Finance Campaign targeting mountaintop removal, the government agencies which allow it and the banks that fund it. Scott has worked in anti-corporate globalization, anti-war, labor and environmental movements for over a decade. Originally from Texas, Scott lives in San Francisco. Scott can be found on Twitter: @sparki1969

Decentralized Actions Ready to Stop Keystone XL

By Scott Parkin, April 14 2014

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Decentralized Actions Ready to Stop Keystone XL

The campaign to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has become a watershed moment in confronting climate change and fossil fuel extraction. So far, more than 94,000 people have signed the Pledge of Resistance, committing to risk arrest, if necessary, to stop the approval of Keystone XL. Since last summer, I’ve been part of [...]

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Resisting Exxon and Peabody’s Dark Age

By Scott Parkin, April 10 2014

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Resisting Exxon and Peabody’s Dark Age

Forget the reign of Tywin Lannister and his bloodthirsty brood of children, grandchildren and henchmen raping and pillaging their way through the fantastical land of Westeros while hapless Starks are beheaded and scattered to the winds. Our own world’s fate is similarly imperiled by the fossil fuel empire’s own game of thrones, power and profit [...]

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The Keystone XL Resistance Training Tour Returns

By Scott Parkin, April 4 2014

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The Keystone XL Resistance Training Tour Returns

We’re not sitting idly, waiting for President Obama to decide whether to approve or reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. This weekend, more than 300 people are expected to turn out to build the network of tens of thousands of pipeline resisters—people ready to stage non-violent civil disobedience actions in their home towns to [...]

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VIDEO: Thousands Take Action Saying #NOKXL

By Scott Parkin, February 26 2014

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VIDEO: Thousands Take Action Saying #NOKXL

On January 31, the U.S. State Department released its final environmental impact statement on Keystone XL. The report was heavily influenced by the oil industry, but it still gave the president everything he needs to reject Keystone XL. Within 72 hours, over 10,000 of us gathered at an astounding 283 vigils for the climate in [...]

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Opponents Offer Fierce Resistance to Tar Sands, Enbridge and Keystone XL

By Scott Parkin, February 19 2014

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Opponents Offer Fierce Resistance to Tar Sands, Enbridge and Keystone XL

Don’t fool yourselves: Big Oil and Big Oil-friendly politicians aren’t giving up on tar sands or any other dirty fossil fuels. The only thing that’s gonna stop the tar sands and these pipelines is us. In 2011, we were all galvanized by the Tar Sands Action to draw a line in the sands on Keystone [...]

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#NOKXL: Thousands Across The U.S. Say “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop”

By Scott Parkin, February 4 2014

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#NOKXL: Thousands Across The U.S. Say “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop”

We can’t stop. We won’t stop. Our Indigenous friends and allies in the U.S. and Canada have vowed to not let the “Keystone XL Black Snake” cross their sacred land. In Nebraska, 115 landowners refuse to sign agreements with TransCanada and are willing to engage in civil disobedience. Over 76,000 have pledged to put their [...]

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Climate Activists Mobilize To Say Keystone XL Fails Obama’s Climate Test

By Scott Parkin, January 31 2014

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Climate Activists Mobilize To Say Keystone XL Fails Obama’s Climate Test

Game on. Today, the State Dept. released its long awaited final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Keystone XL pipeline. Unfortunately, the EIS fails to fully address how catastrophic Keystone XL is for the climate. This assessment is critical. In June President Obama said that he will not approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline [...]

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Pledge of Resistance Leaders Put Barack Obama “On Notice” – No Keystone XL Pipeline

By Scott Parkin, November 11 2013

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Pledge of Resistance Leaders Put Barack Obama “On Notice” – No Keystone XL Pipeline

Dear Barack Obama: Are you getting the message? Here comes the KXL Pledge of Resistance! More than 76,000 people have pledged to commit civil disobedience, if necessary, in opposition to President Obama’s possible approval of the pipeline.  Over 100 actions are currently scheduled in 37 states. Over the past three weeks, Pledge of Resistance leaders [...]

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Boston Tells Obama & Kerry: “Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline”

By Scott Parkin, October 7 2013

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Boston Tells Obama & Kerry: “Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline”

This morning, I’m in Boston. This is one of my favorite U.S. cities, perhaps because Boston is one of the birthplaces of American civil disobedience. Not far from here, in 1773, a group of colonists dumped ship-loads of English tea into Boston Harbor in resistance to the British government’s unfair taxes on the American colonies. [...]

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The No Keystone XL Movement Needs You!

By Scott Parkin, October 1 2013

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The No Keystone XL Movement Needs You!

Two weeks, a group of courageous people were arrested in the belly of the beast: TransCanada’s U.S. headquarters in Houston, Texas. These were mothers, fathers, grandfathers, great grandmothers, scientists, and teachers who staged a peaceful sit-in with a clear message: No Keystone XL tar sands pipeline! People from the extraction sites in Alberta to the [...]

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