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Keystone protest: 300,000 signatures and counting

By Tierney Smith


The Keystone Pipeline protest is still going strong having surpassed its original target, now with over 600,000 signatures.


The latest protest against the Keystone Pipeline in the US has gained 300,000 signatures, ahead of the 1200EST 1700GMT deadline.

Bill Mckibben was arrested last year while protesting outside the White House against the Keystone Pipeline (source: tarsandsaction/creative commons)

The action, organised by environmental group 350.org along with 30 other campaigns, businesses and blogs, aims to send over 500,000 messages to the Senate opposing the pipeline in just 24-hours.

Beginning at noon yesterday, the latest petition comes as an amendment linked to the transportation bill going through the Senate and would override President Obama’s decision last month to reject the project.

Supporters of the campaign include actor Robert Redford, activist Naomi Klein and environmental blog Grist.org, who have all been rallying to get signatures.

Speaking at a conference ahead of the action, 350.org founder Bill McKibben said: “The environmental movement is well wired and well connected, and it’s got lots and lots of young people who are ready to use social media in powerful ways. More than any day before, the next 24 hours will take the environmental movement deep into the wired age.”

With seven hours still to go, you can add your voice to the campaign here.

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  • pat salvo

    Oil is short lived. Keeping it clean is the future of the planet. Protect the aquifer.

    • Rowena

      Perhaps now, with the Keystone XL pelipine effectively delayed if not rejected, citizen activists can turn their energies and support toward halting Alberta tar sands construction projects. Through five court cases, two dozen direct actions, and numerous demonstrations, Idahoans and Montanans have stalled transportation of tar sands upgrader refinery parts over our fragile rural roads and through our wildlands. Since October 2010, Imperial Oil, a Canadian subsidiary of ExxonMobil, has shipped, barged, and trucked one hundred pieces of gargantuan, Korean-made, industrial equipment from the Ports of Vancouver and Pasco, Washington, and Lewiston, Idaho. During the next six months, Northwest interstates could be overrun by another 300 transports of these two-lane wide, 500,000-pound behemoths escorted by aggressive, industry-sponsored state police. ExxonMobil is brashly endangering travelers? safety and convenience, challenging our highway access and civil liberties, and degrading our infrastructure and public resources. In Idaho, the reddest of the red states, we would appreciate your assistance halting this tar sands development invasion, to which Keystone XL pelipine construction is only secondary.

  • Misael

    Bill McKibben has done himself a great dviresisce by swallowing the James Hansen is God garbage hook, line, and sinker. Bill has turned his burning desire for a Utopian climate where all his outdoor pursuits are steeped in perfect weather conditions into a mindless regurgitation of the attention seekers’ endless prattle about the end of the world. The only person more impressed with Hansen than McKibben is Hansen himself.