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Keystone XL belongs in a museum

Three weeks ago, the climate movement forced the rejection of Keystone XL, with President Obama turning down the pipeline after seven years of activist pressure.1 The very idea of the project was shocking: 800,000 barrels a day of toxic tar sands bitumen flowing all the way from Alberta to the Gulf Coast, a killer for the climate and our communities’ water and health.


But let’s think forward: A few decades from now, when we’ve stopped global warming, we’ll look back on Keystone XL and marvel at how such a destructive project was ever a real possibility. We’ll look at the idea of digging up the dirtiest of fossil fuels to burn and destroy our atmosphere as a relic of a bygone era, something that exemplifies a time when we pushed ourselves to the brink of runaway climate change. We’ll capture such massively misguided endeavors in a museum, alongside coal-fired power plants and corporate money in politics.

Well, you don’t have to wait. RAN has built a new Museum of Climate Change—and we’re asking you for ideas to place in the Climate Relics exhibit. The Keystone XL pipeline proposal is a Climate Relic. What else should be? We need your help: Submit your relic today!

Imagine it’s the year 2050. We’ve successfully stabilized the climate. The Climate Relics exhibit in the Museum of Climate Change collects objects and ideas that our society once relied on, but now, in 2050, are barely a memory: Single-serving packaging. Fossil fuel subsidies. Gasoline-powered vehicles.

Taken together, these relics create a tangible timeline for our ultimately successful fight against climate change: Bank of America started cutting financing for coal mining in 2015. Frequent flyer air miles cards became a thing of the past in 2020. The fossil fuel industry stopped horribly exploiting workers in 2040.

Tell us: What Climate Relic do you have in mind, and when did it become obsolete?

Submitting a relic is simple. You just let us know: What’s the relic called, and when did we abandon it? What led us to stop using it? If you have a picture, upload that too! The Climate Relics exhibit is crowdsourced and curated by you. We need your help to build it out!

Today, we stand at a climate crossroads. This year, we saw global warming pass one degree Celsius. We are already alarmingly close to the 1.5 degree limit necessary to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Yet we also saw real victories like winning the Keystone rejection, and successfully pressuring bank after big bank to dump coal mining. It’s up to us to make sure 2016, and beyond, takes us along the path to sustainability and not the one toward climate catastrophe.

The Climate Relics exhibit is a roadmap to a just and climate-stable future. It’s a source of inspiration and insight. Add your relic today.

The Climate Relics exhibit is part of Change the Course, a project that crowdsources a vision of a just and climate-stable 2050 and brainstorms strategies to get there. This year, we’ve been listening to the best ideas for how we win on climate. We’d love for you to be part of Change the Course. Add your vision!


1. “BREAKING: Keystone XL is history”, Rainforest Action Network, Nov. 6, 2015

BREAKING: Keystone XL is history

Today, you made history.

After a seven-year fight, President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline once and for all.1 It's you—and the rest of the movement — that we have to thank for this historic achievement.


From engaging in civil disobedience, to hosting vigils, to gathering petition signatures—you made today’s victory possible. There will be many more battles to fight in the struggle against climate change. But for now, let’s take a moment to celebrate.

Will you organize or attend a Keystone XL rejection rally near you?

Today marks the beginning of a new paradigm: the president of the United States affirmed that the only way to stop the worst impacts of climate change is to leave fossil fuels in the ground. If Keystone XL had been fully built, it would have carried 800,000 barrels a day of toxic tar sands bitumen from the oil sands fields of Alberta, Canada, across our entire country. President Obama vowed that the pipeline wouldn’t be built if it it added significantly to the problem of climate change. The evidence clearly showed that the pipeline would be "game over" for the climate. In the end—after all your work raising the stakes for his decision — the president did the right thing.

This is a historic moment for the climate and for the environmental movement. This week’s rejection rallies are a chance to come together and celebrate. They’re also a chance to reflect on what we’ve achieved, and to start planning for what comes next in the fight against climate-killing fossil fuels. Next Monday, November 9, organize or join a KXL rejection rally near you!

For years, insiders predicted that Keystone’s approval was a done deal. In the end, they said, Keystone would be business as usual, one more piece of fossil fuel infrastructure rubber-stamped by a compliant administration, another item successfully checked off the oil lobby’s to-do list.

But you took action, and proved them wrong. For the last seven years, Keystone XL has been about power: people power vs. the power of Big Oil. Today, people power won.

Years of hard work by activists across the continent stopped this pipeline from being completed. The movement brought us to this point, and it’s time for the movement to party. Because without your commitment, without your passion, this would not have happened. Join us next Monday, November 9, at a KXL rejection rally near you. 

Decades from now, when we’ve successfully stabilized the climate, we’ll look back on today, the day that President Obama rejected the expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline, as a historic turning point. There will be more to do: more fights to protect forests, communities and the climate. But for now, let’s mark the occasion—and prepare to escalate our campaigns to keep all dangerous fossil fuels in the ground. Join us on Monday, November 9, to celebrate the rejection of Keystone XL once and for all.

P.S. The seven-year-long fight against Keystone was an epic struggle, with twists, turns and a million heroes. We’ve pulled together a quick look back, 
When We Fight, We Win: A Timeline to Victory on the KXL Pipeline. Check it out!


1. "Obama Expected to Reject Construction of Keystone XL Oil Pipeline," November 6, 2015, Coral Davenport, New York Times

RAN Statement on Rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline

Rainforest Action Network Executive Director Lindsey Allen issued the following statement in response to President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline:

“The president’s decision today is the result of years of grassroots people power organizing against all odds in every corner of this country. But this has never been about just President Obama’s decision; and this has never been about just one pipeline. This is a win for long-term climate justice over short-term corporate profits. And it is only the beginning of what this growing movement will achieve.

“When we fight, we win. Keystone XL was considered a done deal just a few years ago, and the fight to stop it was viewed by DC insiders as a lost cause. But this movement refused to accept the defeatist logic that catastrophic climate change is inevitable and that business-as-usual fossil fuel production will never be stopped. Millions of people rejected the conventional wisdom and took on the moral responsibility of acting in the face of overwhelming odds, and together, we proved the doubters wrong again and again. Today will reverberate in history as a watershed moment for the climate movement, not as the ending of a campaign but as the beginning of a new paradigm, as the point when we, as a society, began to leave the pipelines unbuilt and keep fossil fuels in the ground.”

RAN Statement on Obama Administration Denial of Keystone XL Permit Application Suspension Request

RAN Executive Director Lindsey Allen said:

“It is a hopeful sign that Obama has rejected TransCanada’s desperate request to buy more time, but after seven years of drama, enough is enough. The evidence has long been in that this misguided project would be a disaster for the climate and with the eyes of the world turning towards the upcoming global climate negotiations in Paris, it is time for Obama to exercise some real climate leadership and reject the KXL once and for all.”

This Is Getting Ridiculous. Obama, Stop The Delay and Reject KXL Now!

This is getting ridiculous.

The ongoing saga of Keystone took another twist yesterday as Canadian oil giant TransCanada attempted to weasel their way out of an outright rejection of the pipeline before Obama’s term ends in January 2017.

It all began yesterday when two announcements were made.

The first one was by the White House saying they'd make a decision on Keystone XL by the end of Obama's presidency. (Lame. But not surprising with how much the administration tries to avoid this issue.)

Then a little later in the day, Canadian oil company TransCanada put out a statement (complete with a meme of CEO Russ Girling) saying they were requesting a delay on the company's permit application for Keystone XL. The company's spokespeople cite the ongoing legal issues around the Nebraska route of the pipeline as an excuse to “pause” the application process.


This created a media whirlwind and rapid responses from environmental and climate groups that have fought Keystone XL for many years.

The top bullet points on Keystone XL moving forward:

  1. Our people powered organizing and pressure on TransCanada, the pipeline, Obama, etc. has moved this issue and put Big Oil on the defensive.
  2. TransCanada is desperate and trying to game out the process until a friendlier regime is in the White House. Or at least one that is less susceptible to our pressure campaigns. This is a purely political move; it has absolutely nothing to do with the process or pipeline routes in Nebraska.
  3. TransCanada wants to avoid an outright rejection.  So, we hold steadfast in our demand for that rejection.

Tom Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network said:

“We see this as a last ditch effort for the TransCanada corporation to avoid a rejection of its presidential permit application and is a clear stall strategy that hopes for a supportive President from the 2016 elections.

This dirty tar sands pipeline has met immense organized resistance from the Dene and Cree First Nations and the Métis community at its source, through the traditional lands and territories of the Oceti Sakowin, also known as the Great Sioux Nation, and from the Ponca people of the southern Great Plains. The mobilization of Tribal nations and the Native grassroots and youth, coupled with alliances with non-native landowners, helped the fight against Keystone XL pipeline become the marquee fight for the US climate justice movement.

Tribal Nations of the Oceti Sakowin have reiterated their opposition to the KXL pipeline in defense of their ancestral homelands, including but not limited to the territory of the Great Sioux Nation, as recognized in the Fort Laramie Treaties of 1851 and 1868. Standing in solidarity with tribal governments and traditional treaty councils of the Oceti Sakowin, we ask the State Department to refuse TransCanada’s request to delay this application and ask President Obama to take the opportunity to reject this pipeline once and for all!”

RAN’s Lindsey Allen said:

"Sustained grassroots opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline has put TransCanada on the run. This last ditch effort to delay an already tortuously long process is a thinly veiled attempt to push this decision beyond President Obama’s term in office. Regardless of its precise route through Nebraska, Obama has long had clear reason to reject this misguided project for its disastrous impact on the global climate and local communities. KXL isn’t about TransCanada. It’s about the President’s climate legacy. It is urgently important that President Obama reject Keystone XL without further delay."

Bill McKibben said:

“Clearly TransCanada has lost and they recognize that. It’s one of the great victories for this movement in decades. In defeat, TransCanada is asking for extra time from the referees, and clearly hoping they’ll get a new head official after the election. It’s time for the current umpire, President Obama, to reject this project once and for all, and go to Paris as the first world leader to stop a major project because of its effect on the climate.”

Jane Kleeb of BOLD Nebraska said:

“The route in Nebraska has been uncertain for years, the only difference now is TransCanada knows they are about to have their permit rejected so they are scrambling. President Obama can end all of this uncertainty with a stroke a pen. It is time to reject and give farmers, ranchers and Tribal Nations peace of mind that their land and water is protected from this risky pipeline.”

This morning, TransCanada CEO Russ Girling stated to shareholders on the company’s third quarter earnings call that the pause is their best route to eventual Keystone XL approval.

And finally this morning, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest called TransCanada’s request “unusual.”

Please SHARE this link and stay tuned, because like Yogi Berra said “it ain’t over till it’s over.”




Keystone XL: RAN Responds to Latest Move by TransCanada Corp.

San Francisco, CA - TransCanada Corp., the company behind the controversial cross-border Keystone XL pipeline, has asked the Obama Administration to indefinitely suspend its application for the project and pause its review of the permit required for construction. 

Rainforest Action Network Executive Director Lindsey Allen issued the following statement in response.

"Sustained grassroots opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline has put TransCanada on the run. This last ditch effort to delay an already tortuously long process is a thinly veiled attempt to push this decision beyond President Obama’s term in office. Regardless of its precise route through Nebraska, Obama has long had clear reason to reject this misguided project for its disastrous impact on the global climate and local communities. KXL isn’t about TransCanada. It’s about the President’s climate legacy. It is urgently important that President Obama reject Keystone XL without further delay."

Tell President Obama: It's Past Time to Reject Keystone XL

For seven long years, everyday people in Canada, the United States and other parts of the world have fought to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. When this struggle started, Keystone XL was considered a “done deal” by political insiders in Washington DC. But the tenacity of people like you created a momentum that shifted political will in the corridors of power and undermined the assumed inevitability of Big Oil’s latest pet project.

Now, more than ever, we’re getting very close to a day of reckoning.

Tell President Obama: It’s past time to reject Keystone XL.

In the past month, we’ve seen:

  • Top Democratic presidential contender and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who at one time said she was “inclined to approve,” come out in opposition to this monstrous project.1

  • Pro-Keystone XL and anti-environmental Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper be swept out of office by an electoral landslide.2

This is the work of Indigenous resistance from Alberta to Texas, Nebraska landowners, tree-sitters in East Texas and millions of us who’ve done everything from gathering petition signatures to attending #NOKXL vigils to joining the Pledge of Resistance.

Tell President Obama: It’s past time to reject Keystone XL.

We’re on the cusp. But President Obama still needs to hear from us. Now is the critical window for the president to act:

  • The newly elected prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, is scheduled to form his government next Wednesday, November 4th. Trudeau has said he wants to see Keystone XL built and has called for a deal with the United States. Now is the moment for Obama to reject Keystone XL, before another Canadian leader digs in on the pipeline.3

  • Elected officials from around the world are gathering in Paris on November 30th to agree on a global climate agreement. If President Obama wants to send a clear message to the rest of the world that the United States is serious on climate, he must reject the Keystone XL pipeline.4

This fight is in the home stretch, but it’s not over. We’ve faced down the overwhelming odds put on us by media pundits, DC politicians and corporate lobbyists. We’ve voted, gathered signatures, marched and sat in. The Keystone XL pipeline not only threatens us with tar sands spills, dire impacts on public health and catastrophic climate change, it also represents the people vs. Big Oil. We now know that when we fight, we win. Now we need to fight just a little harder to close the book on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Tell President Obama: It’s past time to reject Keystone XL.



1. “How Hillary Clinton Got to ‘No’ on Keystone”, Zoë Carpenter, The Nation, September 23, 2015

2. “Canadians oust Keystone champion,” Elana Schor, Politico, October 19, 2015

3. "In Canada, Harper's out, but the Keystone pipeline may not be”, Peter Thomson, The World, October 20, 2015

4. “Keystone XL: The gap between no and 'inevitable’”, Paul Haavardsrud, CBC News, October 2, 2015

Response to Hillary Clinton’s announced opposition to Keystone XL Pipeline Project


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin,, 415-246-0161

Response by Lindsey Allen, Rainforest Action Network executive director to Hillary Clinton’s announced opposition to Keystone XL Pipeline Project 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 (San Francisco)  In response to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s announcement today that she opposes the Keystone XL pipeline, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) Executive Director Lindsey Allen issued the following statement:

"We are encouraged to see that grassroots organizing, peaceful direct action, and common sense has moved Hillary Clinton from being ‘inclined to support’ the KXL pipeline to vocal opposition of this outdated, short-sighted, dirty energy project. 

"The KXL pipeline was all set to be yet another rubber stamped, fossil-fuel time bomb. Now it is an example of how people power can change business as usual  and it is further evidence of the growing movement to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground. Not in 2050, not in 2030, not in 2020  but today.

"It's time for President Obama to fully commit to a clean energy future and finally reject the KXL pipeline once and for all.”   

In 2013, Rainforest Action Network joined with CREDO Action and the Other 98% to launch the Keystone Pledge of Resistance. Almost 100,000 people have committed to engage in non-violent civil disobedience, if Obama signals he’ll approved the pipeline. In organizing the Pledge, RAN trained over 450 “action leads” to organize these actions and saw more than  3,000 trained to participate in peaceful, direct action to stop the pipeline.




The #NoKXL Movement Shows Up in Force

Yesterday the movement to stop Keystone XL showed up in force once again, with thousands of you coming together at 158 events in all 50 states—all organized in about 72 hours! Even more impressive, many events happened in the bitter cold of winter, with temperatures in the single digits in many locations.

There were too many incredible moments from yesterday to name them all, but here are some of our favorites: hundreds encircled the federal building in Seattle with the message “Climate Justice Now, Reject Keystone XL”; Indigenous communities across the country held #OcetiRising solidarity vigils with the Oceti Sakowin pipeline fighters on the Keystone XL route; Nebraska residents rallied outside the offices of Brad Ashford (D-NE) to condemn his vote for pro-Keystone legislation; in DC, we delivered 500,000 petition signatures to the president (including many from RAN members!); and in San Francisco, 300 people joined RAN, Idle No More, and CREDO for a rally in the financial district.

Together we demonstrated our dedication to stopping this pipeline, no matter what it takes, and to keeping a laser-like focus on President Obama, no matter what sideshows go on in Congress and elsewhere. At the end of the day, this is still the president’s decision to make, and we’re not going to relent until he does the right thing and rejects this dangerous, destructive project for good.

Thank you to everyone who came out to hold signs in the bitter cold, chant, and tell the president to reject KXL now!

Via our friends at the Sierra Club, check out the full story of yesterday’s events below: 

Be sure to check out our gallery of pictures from last night's big rally in San Francisco

San Francisco Rallies to Reject Keystone XL

Last night, as part of a day of action that saw events in all fifty states, 300 Bay Area #NoKXL activists rallied in front of a State Department office in downtown San Francisco. RAN staff was proud to participate, along with our friends at CREDO and Idle No More.  


RAN climate campaigner Todd Zimmer fired up the crowd:


What do we want? Climate justice!


Idle No More's beautiful banners:


Pennie Opal Plant, of Idle No More, spoke to the proposed pipeline's impact on frontline communities: 


An activist sent a message to President Obama:


RAN's climate and energy program director, Amanda Starbuck, on the devastation Keystone XL would wreak on the climate:


RAN staffers Sophie Roudané (center, in scarf) and Andrea Skinner (far right): 


Be sure to check out pictures from rallies across the country

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