Andy Rowell posted: ” There are less than 12 hours left until America is back from the brink. The bright winds of change will be formalized today when Joe Biden is formally inaugurated as the next President of the United States. And already, from a climate perspective t”
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There are less than 12 hours left until America is back from the brink. The bright winds of change will be formalized today when Joe Biden is formally inaugurated as the next President of the United States.
And already, from a climate perspective the signs are encouraging, even though the task to unpick the damage wrought by the Trump Administration will take years, and continued pressure is needed to ensure Biden’s team keeps other climate promises as well.
We already know that the President-elect will imminently re-join the Paris Climate Agreement, after the climate denier in chief Donald Trump, pulled out to widespread international condemnation.
But there is more. There are numerous press reports that Biden also plans to scrap the highly controversial $9 billion Keystone XL pipeline, which has been subject to a fifteen year old fight over transporting some 830,000 barrels a day of dirty tar sands from Canada to the US. Scrapping the pipeline was a key Biden election pledge.
The fight over the pipeline has become one of the most symbolic and iconic climate battles of our time, and has pitted a coalition of First Nations, environmentalists, landowners, farmers, ranchers and other land defenders against the might of the oil industry.
According to the Post: “Biden plans to rescind the cross-border permit the project needs to operate.”
It is worth remembering that the pipeline has been subject to Presidential tit-for-tat. President Obama rejected the permit
Climate campaigners and First Nations were immediately enthusiastic:
Bronwen Tucker from OCI told *CTVNews*
Leading Indigenous climate activist, Dallas Goldtooth, said:
BREAKING! Leaked briefing shows that Biden plans to rescind KXL pipeline on Day 1!! This will be HUGE!!! #NoKXL
I welcome this amazing news & wonder when exec. action on Line 3 will come! #BuildBackFossilFree
— Dallas Goldtooth (@dallasgoldtooth) January 18, 2021
Jane Kleeb, founder of the anti-pipeline group Bold Nebraska, told the *Post*
The president-elect is also expected to make other imminent pro-climate decisions, including reversing Trump’s undoing of the rules that limit the amount of emissions from methane, the potent greenhouse gas from oil and gas drilling operations.
All of these expected promises are extremely welcome. However, as the *Guardian*
There is so much more to do, but these are welcome first steps. There are more pipelines that need to be cancelled too. As Indigenous Climate Action tweeted a few days ago:
[image: ⚡] 75+ Indigenous women from Tribes & Nations across the country are demanding @JoeBiden
— Indigenous Climate Action (@Indigenous_ca) January 15, 2021
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