Sisters and Brothers -
Earlier today, Donald Trump signed two executive orders to advance construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline.
It is clear Donald Trump is willing to prioritize the fossil fuel industry over the health and well-being of our planet. If these pipelines are built, it will have devastating effects on the climate, our land and our water. Additionally, it goes against the will of millions of people who stood up to oppose these pipelines in the first place.
Once again, we must make our voices heard all over the country saying we do not accept Trump's effort to resume construction of these harmful pipelines.
The big oil companies that want to build these pipelines have terrible records of negligence and spills. Just one spill threatens the safety of water for millions of Americans.
In 2015, President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline over environmental concerns, and last December construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline was halted due to the relentless pressure from water protectors and activists on the ground.
Moving forward with the Dakota Access Pipeline will threaten the sacred grounds of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. For months, water protectors braved freezing temperatures, arrest, and police brutality to defend their land and water.
Now that Trump has signed these executive orders, it's on us to hold him accountable and mobilize to stop the construction of these dangerous pipelines.
We must continue to fight against the threat of climate change and for the communities whose health and safety are threatened by these pipelines.
We've shown what is possible when people come together to speak out against injustice. Now we must stand together to oppose the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.