FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2021
Press Contact: Cassidy DiPaola, [email protected], 401-441-7196
FOLLOWING LETTER TO THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION, MARK RUFFALO, INDIGENOUS AND ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS CALL ON BIDEN AND ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO CANCEL LINE 3 PIPELINE.
(Washington, DC) -- Today, Indigenous, environmental, and allied activists, including Mark Ruffalo, Winona LaDuke (Executive Director, Honor the Earth), Tara Houska (Founder, Giniw Collective) and Moneen Nasmith (Attorney, Earthjustice) held a press call to follow their letter sent to the Biden administration calling for an immediate stop to the Line 3 pipeline.
Signed by more than 200 actors, musicians, environmentalists, Democratic donors and community leaders, the letter, delivered this morning, applauded the administration for its work thus far in cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline, and urged President Biden and Jaime Pinkham of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers to follow this same standard with the nearly identical Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota.
THE FOLLOWING ARE PORTIONS OF THE SPEAKERS’ STATEMENTS FROM TODAY’S CALL:
MARK RUFFALO, AWARD-WINNING ACTOR, CO-FOUNDER, SOLUTIONS PROJECT
“The Line 3 pipeline is an attack on our clean water and our climate that perpetuates environmental injustice and our nation’s shameful legacy of oppression of Indigenous peoples. The time to act is now. President Biden and Army Corps of Engineers Secretary Jaime Pinkham must take swift action to reject the Line 3 pipeline. By withdrawing the Clean Water Act Section 404 permit for the pipeline, these leaders can show they are serious about pursuing those critical goals. When we build back better, we can’t afford to repeat the mistakes of the past. Stopping Line 3 isn’t just an investment in building a better future, it's a necessity if President Biden plans to keep his promises to Indigenous peoples and his pledge to tackle the climate crisis.”
WINONA LA DUKE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HONOR THE EARTH
“There is no Federal Environmental Impact statement on this project. And that's what the Biden administration needs to do. And more than that, you need to uphold your promises to the water, and to the future generations, and to Indigenous people. I drove people to the polls for you, Joe Biden. I drove people to the polls who had never never voted in their lives. We believed in you, and we believe in you. And we believed in the Walz administration. And we want you to uphold your promises to not only Indigenous people, but also to not allow Enbridge to go through with a tarsands pipeline in an era of climate crisis. And not allow further disintegration of our civil and constitutional rights.”
TARA HOUSKA, FOUNDER, GINIW COLLECTIVEMONEEN NASMITH, ATTORNEY, EARTHJUSTICE
“Since the construction of the Line 3 project, there have been over 500 people arrested throughout the course of resisting this destructive force that should have never been allowed in the first place, including myself. The level of state repression has become a point of human rights being openly violated. The people who have been arrested have been thrown into kennels, we’ve been shackled, we've been strip-searched, all for misdemeanor charges. And now they've started to issue two felony charges for doing nothing more than protecting the land and the water. We are not trespassing, Enbridge is trespassing.
The situation is dire and it's not going to stop, we are not going to stop. The water crossing permits that were issued under President Trump must be suspended and reviewed by the new administration. There is no way it will pass any semblance of a climate test, and there is no way it is in line with the protection of Tribal cultural resources, of which there are many in this territory. This is a direct violation and an appalling approach towards Indigenous sovereignty and towards these ideals that the President is purporting to have by placing themselves as a climate President. We are asking for action, not just words. And our rivers are under a full-on assault right now.”LOREN BLACKFORD, POLITICAL DONOR AND FUNDRAISER, FORMER SIERRA CLUB PRESIDENT
“It is unconscionable that the Biden administration is not using the authority it possesses and instead is waiting for a court to force them to do the right thing. In fact, it's even worse, they're doubling down in court and they are defending the Trump administration's illegal actions. The Biden administration, including Jaime Pinkham and the Army Corps of Engineers and President Biden himself as the commander in chief of the Army Corps of Engineers have to swiftly rescind these permits and redo the analysis the right way.
The analysis of climate by the Army Corps was a single paragraph that dismissed the climate impacts of this pipeline as de minimis. That is so absolutely contrary to everything that President Biden has said about climate, all the promises he has made. It is shocking that they have not used the authority they have to rescind these permits and do a proper legitimate climate analysis. The climate crisis isn't going to be resolved by an executive order or promises or words, President Biden is responsible for ensuring that all the agencies that report to him including the Corps, actually use the power they have to make permitting decisions that are consistent with taking this climate crisis seriously. We are confident that once the Corps does an environmental impact statement, and actually does an appropriate analysis it will be clear that this project cannot be permitted to go forward.”
“[President Biden] centered his campaign around climate action and environmental justice, and made a promise to Americans that, if elected, he would transition us away from fossil fuel and towards a just, clean economy. If President Biden is to make good on this promise, and stay true to the millions of people across the country who tirelessly organized, mobilized, and donated to his campaign, he must stop the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline.”
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Minnesota Reformer: Celebrities pen letter urging Biden to cancel Line 3 pipeline project
“Hello, everybody, please listen up, I know that I’m in my Grace and Frankie costume, but this is serious what I want to say. We’re facing a true crisis. We can see right here in North America how dangerous the climate crisis is becoming. And if we don’t move fast on what science is demanding, the climate crisis may move beyond our control. This is not a rehearsal. This this is it. Scientists are telling us that we must stop all new fracking, drilling and mining of fossil fuels. Now, last year in 2020 communities across the country mobilized to get President Biden into office. And now we’ve joined forces again to demand that he follow through on his campaign promises. Today, more than 200 celebrities, environmentalists and allied activists delivered a letter to the White House calling on President Biden to heed the demands of science with bold climate action, respect indigenous and tribal rights, and cancel the Enbridge Line 3 before it’s too late. President Biden campaigned on an ambitious, bold plan to tackle the climate crisis and put environmental justice and the rights of indigenous people at the center of his policies. On his first day in office, he put an end to the toxic Keystone XL pipeline. But he can’t stop there. Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline is an attack on our clean water and our climate that perpetuates environmental injustice and our nation’s shameful legacy of oppression of indigenous peoples. On January 26th, President Biden signed his memorandum on tribal consultation and strengthening nation to nation relationships, which says, quote, It’s a priority of my administration to make respect for tribal sovereignty and self governance, commitment to fulfilling federal trust in treaty responsibilities to tribal nations, and regular, meaningful and robust consultations with tribal nations. Cornerstones of federal Indian policies, unquote. Stopping Line 3 isn’t just an investment in building a better future. It’s a necessity if President Biden plans to keep his promises to indigenous peoples and his pledge to tackle the climate crisis. Right now, President Biden and Army Corps of Engineers Secretary, Jamie Pinkham must take swift action to reject the Line 3 pipeline by withdrawing the Clean Water Act Section 404 permit for the pipeline. These leaders can show they are serious about pursuing those critical goals. Science, justice and the boundless American capacity to tackle big challenges are on our side. Time is not. Right now we need everyone, all of you, to let President Biden and Secretary Pinkham know that we expect them to Stop Line 3. ”
— Jane Fonda
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⏰The clock is ticking to end fossil fuel expansion & transition towards clean energy. Today 200+ activists just sent a letter to the White House calling on @POTUS to live up to his campaign promise to #BuildBackBetter & #StopLine3. Now it’s your turn! https://www.stopline3.org/biden
Communities across the country worked hard to get @POTUS elected because he embraced bold climate action. Now, the time has come for him to make good on his promise. Read the letter from 200+ actors, musicians & environmentalists demanding he #StopLine3. https://nbcnews.to/3xn9IRB
#Line3 is an attack on clean water & our climate that perpetuates environmental injustice & our nation’s shameful legacy of oppression of Indigenous peoples. Today, 200+ allied activists called on @POTUS & @USACEHQ to respect Tribal rights and #StopLine3. https://nbcnews.to/3xn9IRB
[TAG President Joe Biden] campaigned on an ambitious, bold plan to tackle the climate crisis and put environmental justice and the rights of Indigenous peoples at the center of his policies.
Now, the same groups that mobilized to get him into office are calling on him to follow through on his campaign promises.
Read the letter from more than 200 actors, musicians, environmentalists, donors and allied activists calling on President Biden and his administration to live up to their climate and racial justice commitments by stopping the Line 3 Enbridge pipeline. #StopLine3