Victory for Mother Earth as Obama retreats on keystone XL pipeline

other Earth Achieves a Victory Today with Obama Administration Decision to
Delay the Keystone XL Pipeline Decision

November 10, 2011

Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network says:

“The position taken by the Obama administration today to delay the permit
for the Trans Canada Keystone XL pipeline in order to do a new environmental
review is the right decision – an ethical decision. We applaud President
Obama and the State Department for listening to the voices of youth, elders,
faith-based groups, labor, students, environmental organizations, Native
Nations, and those living along the proposed pipeline, who are standing
united against dirty oil from the tar sands. This is the beginning of a new
era in which people are demanding that their rights be recognized. The need
to protect our sources of clean water, to fight for stabilizing climate
change, and to say “No” to corporate polluters setting the agenda in
Washington is now. We must not let up. The struggle for environmental and
economic justice – for energy and climate justice – and the fight for Native
Treaty Rights must continue. Mother Earth has achieved victory today.”

Marty Cobenais, Indigenous Environmental Network, Keystone XL Pipeline
organizer says:

“I applaud President Obama for standing up for Mother Earth, and making this
decision. This is an important first step to stop the expansion of the tar
sands.”

Kandi Mossett, Indigenous Environmental Network Tribal Campus Climate
Challenge organizer says:

“The decision to delay the pipeline is a victory and I will gladly celebrate
that victory; even if only for a moment.  I live in North Dakota where the
Keystone I pipeline still runs through and still has the potential to
continue to leak and perhaps even be expanded.  So, I will not become
complacent nor quit speaking out against the Canadian tar sands until they
are shut down permanently.  When I begin to hear the U.S. Administration
talking about alternatives to the fossil fuel industry, and the creation of
green jobs, instead of alternatives to pipeline routes it will truly be
music to my ears; then and only then will I know we have succeeded in
protections for our Mother Earth and for the future generations.”

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