Over 200,000 people joined the People's Climate March yesterday in Washington. Activists from every community and walk of life joined together in a sit-in around the White House to demand that the Trump administration end our nation's reliance on the fossil fuels that are eroding our very way of life, especially in communities of color and low-income areas. We're seeing it happen with the Dakota Access Pipeline, Keystone XL, and other fossil fuel projects, and people have had enough.
We have an alternative to the backwards thinking of the Trump administration. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon has introduced the “100 by '50 Act” in the US Senate, and already has the support of Senators Bernie Sanders, Ed Markey, and Cory Booker. The bill not only would halt construction of Keystone XL, DAPL, and other fracked gas pipelines, but invest in the technology and jobs to rapidly advance us towards 100% clean, sustainable energy independence by 2050.
Sign our thank you card to Senator Merkley and his cosponsors, Senators Sanders, Markey, and Booker, for giving Americans the bold, clean energy alternative that we demanded during the People's Climate March.
I spent time at the Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock, and the ugly truth is that the fossil fuel industry will do anything to protect their profits. They will lie to the public, cheat the political process, and steal land from the Standing Rock Sioux and anyone else who stands in their way by violent means.
Their allies in Washington are many. The Secretary of Energy sits on the board of directors for the company constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Secretary of State spent his career leading ExxonMobil. The head of the EPA made his career as a politician filing lawsuits against the agency he is now trying to dismantle from within.
We have to stand by our allies in Washington. Jeff Merkley was the only US Senator to endorse Bernie during the presidential primary, and now he's working together with Bernie and others to guarantee 100% clean energy by 2050. Sign our thank you card today to show your support.
We will preserve this planet for my generation and those to come -- whether Donald Trump likes it or not. Thank you for taking action with me.