People, not pipelines! Hold Representative Faso to his promise to "put people first."
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We, the undersigned constituents of the 19th congressional district in New York, wish to express our anger and disappointment with the Trump administration for signing Executive Orders to move the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines forward, and to urge you to use your platform on the subcommittees of Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials to ensure that these executive orders do not get carried out.
Approving the Keystone XL pipeline means the American people will have to pay for the financial and environmental costs of a Canadian pipeline. TransCanada, the oil company behind the Keystone XL project, continues to use eminent domain to seize the private property of American landowners in order to construct this hazardous pipeline across U.S. lands. TransCanada does not have American interests in mind, after the initial rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, they sued the U.S. under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for $15 billion.
Similarly, the Dakota Access Pipeline tramples on the rights of Native Americans by putting corporate interests above Tribal treaty rights and clean water. The pipeline was originally proposed to cross the Missouri River just above Bismarck, ND, but after complaints, it was rerouted to cross the river along sacred Tribal grounds, less than a mile from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. This poses an unacceptable risk to the Tribe's water supply -- the same risk that was unacceptable for the citizens of Bismarck should be unacceptable for the people of Standing Rock.
The Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines encourage dirty, dangerous tar sands development, when clean energy is growing faster, producing more jobs, and has a real future. I call on you to support the growth of clean energy jobs and businesses, not dirty pipelines. We are counting on you to protect American landowners and Native American tribal interests from oil companies trying to construct dirty and dangerous pipelines through their lands. We call on you to protect our clean air and water by not permitting a tar sands superhighway that will exacerbate the climate crisis.
These pipelines are not in our national interest. I urge you to follow through on your promise to put people first.
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