Afgelopen nacht kwam een mail binnen van Bill McKibben for the Team.

President Obama heeft opdracht gegeven een verder diepgaand onderzoek in te stellen naar de effecten van de XL Pipeline. Hij heeft opdracht gegeven ook klimaatverandering erbij te betrekken. Het wordt nu zeer waarschijnlijk geacht dat deze pijplijn er nooit gaat komen.

Hiermee is gebleken dat grootschalige protesten effect kunnen hebben. Duizenden mensen hebben de afgelopen maanden geprotesteerd, waarvan straatprotest rond het Witte Huis het meest bekend werd. Vele bekende persoonlijkheden, zoals Bill McKibben, James Hansen en Naomi Klein zijn hierbij gearresteerd en 48 uur vastgehouden. Ook vanuit het klimaatkamp bij Keulen, waarbij activisten van Wijstoppensteenkool aanwezig waren, is steun betuigd middels een speciaal vervaardigd spandoek, een foto met de aanwezigen op het kamp en een steunbetuiging die is verstuurd naar de protestorganisate in de VS.

De volledige tekst van de mail:

Incredible news: the President just delayed the decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, effectively killing the project!

This is an amazing victory for our movement, and a demonstration of people power in action. But we can’t back down now — we need to pledge to take this fight forward, and stand up to Keystone and other tar sands projects as we take this movement forward.

Dear Friends,

We won. You won.

The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline that we’ve been fighting for months has been effectively killed. The President didn’t outright reject the Keystone XL pipeline permit, but a few minutes ago he sent the pipeline back for a thorough re-review that will delay it til 2013. Most analysts agree: the pipeline will never get built.

The President explicitly noted climate change, along with the pipeline route, as one of the factors that a new review would need to assess. There’s no way, with an honest review, that a pipeline that helps speed the tapping of the world’s second-largest pool of carbon can pass environmental muster.

It’s important to understand how unlikely this victory is. A month ago, a secret poll of “energy insiders” by found that “virtually all” expected easy approval of the pipeline by year’s end. A done deal has come spectacularly undone. Our movement spoke loudly about climate change and President Obama responded. There have been few even partial victories about global warming in the United States in recent years, so that makes this an important day.

The President deserves thanks for making this call — it’s not easy in the face of the fossil fuel industry and its endless reserves of cash. The deepest thanks, however, go to the incredible, diverse movement that helped ramp up the pressure to give the President the room to make this call. And it means so much that this day is shared by our allies around the world — the people who have stood in solidarity, signed petitions, and organized actions to let us know that you’re fighting in this movement right along with us.

Our fight, of course, is barely begun. Some in our movement will say that this decision is just politics as usual: that the President wants us off the streets — and off his front lawn — until after the election, at which point the administration can approve the pipeline, alienating its supporters without electoral consequence. The President should know that if this pipeline proposal somehow reemerges from the review process we will use every tool at our disposal to keep it from ever being built.

We’re collecting pledges to take the fight forward, and redouble our efforts to fossil fuels. Will you sign on?

if there’s a lesson of the last few months, both in our work and in the Occupy encampments around the world, it’s that sometimes we have to put our bodies on the line and take to the streets to make our voices heard.

We’ll be stepping up our efforts in the months ahead, expanding our work to take on all the forms of ‘extreme energy’ now coming to the fore around the world: mountaintop removal coal mining, deep sea oil drilling, “fracking” for gas and oil. We’ll keep sending you updates; you keep letting us know what we need to do next.

Last week, scientists announced that the planet had poured a record amount of CO2 into the atmosphere last year; that’s a sign of how desperate our battle is. But we take courage from today’s White House announcement; it gives us some clues about how to fight going forward — and not just in the US, but in every corner of the earth.

I’m going to bed tired tonight. But I’ll get up in the morning ready for the next battle, more confident because I know you’re part of this fight too.


Bill McKibben for the Team

P.S. Victories need to be shared. Let’s make this one fly all over the web: share it on Twitter here and share it on Facebook here.


U.S. to Delay Decision on Pipeline Until After Election – The New York Times

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