Statement

Our Revolution Statement on Trump's Decision to Advance Construction of Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines

WASHINGTON -- Our Revolution on Tuesday condemned President Donald Trump's decision to sign a series of executive orders to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines-- and renewed their commitment to the fight against them.

“Nebraska farmers and ranchers need a President standing up for property rights and our clean water to produce American food," said Our Revolution Board Member and President of Bold Alliance, Jane Kleeb. "Foreign tar sands pipelines headed to the export market have no place in the Heartland. There is no application for Keystone XL and there never has been an approved route in Nebraska. The President should focus on American energy independence rather than taking land away from farmers using eminent domain for private gain.” 

“It's time to activate our country to take action. It's in our hands—we must put our money where our mouth is and guarantee that, regardless of what the Trump administration orders, these pipelines will not be constructed," said Our Revolution Board Member Shailene Woodley. "We can do this by holding our national corporations responsible and divesting from all major banks invested in these pipelines. We must recognize our own accountability and do something about it. This is the fight of our lives. Clean drinking water is a human right, and we must do everything in our power to protect this truth in order to guarantee a future for those to come-- in addition to those alive today."

In December, Our Revolution joined Native American activists and allies in celebrating the government's decision to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Our Revolution had been active in the protests, raising more than $200,000 to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and collecting nearly 250,000 petition signatures to oppose construction of the pipeline.

"We are not opposed to sound decisions which reflect energy independence in the United States," said Our Revolution Board Member Deborah Parker. "We are concerned when our U.S. Constitution is ignored and U.S. treaty rights with Tribal Sovereign Nations are not upheld.  Policies should be set in place to protect our citizens and the environment in which we dwell, not just for today, but well into the future."

"Our Revolution stands with the water protectors: yesterday, today, and in the fights ahead," said Executive Director Shannon Jackson. "Today's decision demonstrates a complete lack of regard for the health of our planet and future generations to come-- and infringes on the rights of everyone from Native Americans to farmers. We are united and not giving up. We expect the decisions made by our government to benefit all of us, not just the rich and corporations."