After a seven year fight, President Obama finally rejected the northern leg of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. But it is important to remember how recently the Keystone XL pipeline was considered an unstoppable political juggernaut, a done deal. The fight against this project was dismissed by most political insiders as a lost cause. The fact that we have come this far is a testament to the power of grassroots organizing. It is the result of literally millions of people taking action to prioritize long term climate justice over short term corporate profit. And it is just the beginning of what the newly invigorated climate movement must, and will, achieve in the years to come.
November 14, 2015