BREAKING: Keystone XL moves forward in Nebraska – Take Action

BREAKING: Keystone XL just won a victory over landowners in Nebraska.

Tell President Obama — it’s time to reject KXL once and for all!

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Just hours ago, the Nebraska Supreme Court failed to nullify the unconstitutional law that places Keystone XL above the rights of landowners to protect their land and water.

While this wrongheaded decision is a blow to our friends who have bravely fought Keystone XL on the ground in Nebraska for years, it also puts this dirty tar sands pipeline one step closer to being rejected. Now that the route in Nebraska is known, the Obama administration can finally decide if KXL is in our national interest.

The end of this fight is now in sight. President Obama has all the information he needs to reject Keystone XL once and for all. Take action now to urge the president to reject KXL!

President Obama has made it clear that Keystone XL can’t be in our national interest — and thus must be rejected — if it increases carbon pollution and makes climate change worse.

It has always been clear that Keystone XL will do just that. In 2014 alone, three major tar sands projects were canceled because they were simply unprofitable given rising costs, lower oil prices and lack of market access from pipelines like Keystone XL. Approving Keystone XL would open the floodgates of climate-damaging tar sands crude flowing through the U.S. — which is just what Big Oil needs to expand production.

In short, every day it becomes more and more clear that this dirty pipeline to nowhere makes no sense. It fails President Obama’s climate test, and must be rejected. Tell President Obama it’s time to reject Keystone XL once and for all!

The only ones who still want this disastrous pipeline are the oil industry and its bought-and-paid-for friends in Congress. We saw this again today as the House of Representatives voted to approve KXL, fulfilling their promise to Big Oil. That bill failed to get enough votes to override President Obama’s promised veto, and the president still has the sole authority to decide this matter once and for all.

What this vote did do, however, was show once again that while the rest of the country is ready to invest in clean, renewable energy, they’re investing in denial and trying desperately to keep America dependent on outdated sources of fuel.

We agree with these Big Oil-backed politicians on one thing: The approval process for Keystone XL has gone on long enough, and it’s time to wrap it up and reject Keystone XL once and for all. Take a moment right now to urge President Obama to reject Keystone XL.

Thanks for doing your part to defeat this toxic pipeline,

Michael Brune
Sierra Club Executive Director

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NC Clean Power Plan – Jan 12 Sierra Club Webinar

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We know that Governor Pat, the Republican lead NC legislature and DENR will do everything possible to delay and weaken a Clean Power Plan for North Carolina.  We also know that the Koch Brothers, ALEC, the John Locke Foundation, Duke Energy, and the oil and gas industry will be actively lobbying our Governor and elected officials to oppose a strong Clean Power Plan. We need all hands on deck to be a part of a North Carolina Clean Clean Power plan fight. And you can’t be an effective advocate and activist if you don’t know the facts. That’s why you need to join us Monday, January 12th, from  5:00 til 6:00 for a Sierra Club Clean Power Plan webinar!

Clean Power Plan 101 Webinar

Monday, January 12th

5:00pm-6:00pm

Click here to register – Clean Power Plan NC 101 Registration

NeighborWoods Tree Program – Now Accepting Applications

Here’s a chance for your neighborhood to help protect our tree canopy! Talk to your neighbors and apply!

The City of Charlotte has announced that TreesCharlotte’s NeighborWoods Tree Canopy Program is currently accepting applications.  This is a wonderful opportunity for your neighborhood to receive free trees and tree care resources.  Learn more below.

Applications for the Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 planting season being accepted now, application deadline is May 1stAttendance at a Pre-Application Workshop is required.

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Applications for the Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 planting season being accepted now, application deadline is May 1stAttendance at a Pre-Application Workshop is required.

Sierra Club Members Can’t Be Silent on Justice Issues

Thanks to Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune and the Board of Directors for moving the Club in support of social justice issues. Check out Michael Brune’s blog on this issue below.

And while you’re at it, Save the Date! Historic Thousands on Jones St. Moral March and plan to be there! More info to follow!

December 06, 2014

Why We Can’t Be Silent

During the past week, the Sierra Club has spoken out about Michael Brown in Ferguson, Eric Garner in New York City, and President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Some have told us that they consider these to be “non-environmental” issues. Here are some quick thoughts on why these issues are so important to address. I’ll share more later this week.

The Sierra Club believes that all people deserve a healthy planet with clean air and water and a stable climate. All people also deserve equal protection under the law and the right to live their lives free of discrimination and hatred. These issues are not separate. Indeed, we believe that working toward a just, equitable, and transparent society is not only morally necessary but also exactly what we need to confront the unprecedented environmental challenges we face.

Injustices in our political system and in our culture empower polluters and lead to the destruction of our most cherished places. Those same injustices often breed hatred, sow division among us, and threaten our health and safety. The Sierra Club’s mission is to “enlist humanity” to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet. That mission, which applies to everyone, cannot be achieved when people’s rights are being violated and their safety and dignity are being threatened on a routine basis. This must stop.

That is why we must speak out on these issues. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

Save the Date! Historic Thousands on Jones St. Moral March

The HKonJ coalition is holding the 9th annual mass moral march on Raleigh and people’s assembly.

When: Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Where: Shaw University
               105 E South St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
March beings at 10:00 a.m.

More details here, or contact Rev. Curtis E. Gatewood through email or phone at
919-682-4700.

HKPJ 2015 Announcement

 

Sierra Club Says Thanks for a Successful 2014!

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I know that many of you are already enjoying the holidays with loved ones and friends, so I won’t keep you. I just want to take a moment to say thank you. Looking back on the past 12 months has been inspiring. All of the calls, petitions, rallies — not to mention your generous contributions — each and every one of you has done something to advance this movement in a way that makes me proud to come to work each day.

In 2014 alone, we:

  • Rallied with more than 400,000 supporters at the People’s Climate March.

  • Won three new national monuments, totaling more than 900,000 protected acres.

  • Turned out a record number of supporters at the EPA’s clean power rule hearings.

  • Petitioned — successfully — for Google, Facebook and eBay to leave ALEC.

  • Blocked the Keystone XL pipeline yet again.

I could go on, but I promised I’d keep it short! Check out the video below to see more of the great work we’ve done together.

You should be so proud of what we’ve achieved, Bill — I know I am. The New Year is sure to bring more new challenges to our environment, challenges that the Sierra Club intends to take on. It won’t always be easy, but knowing we can count on you makes facing those challenges a lot less daunting. Thank you.

From my family to yours, best wishes for a joyous holiday season.

Michael Brune

Michael Brune, Executive Director
Sierra Club

Organizing for Clean Power – Sierra Club Webinar on Thurs, Jan 8th at 5:30 PM

 

fish-small-eat-big1 Pissed off and looking to make a difference in 2015? Want to learn how to be a more effective advocate? Then we have a North Carolina Sierra Club webinar just for you!

Developing a powerful and effective North Carolina Clean Power Plan can make a huge difference. Join us Thursday, January 8th, at 5:30 PM for our first first webinar for information, tips and tricks, and a generalized overview of organizing basics, strategy planning and campaign development.

Follow the links below to register for the webinar – Organizing for the Clean Power Plan Registration