A Message from Founding Director, Anne Rolfes
Trump has been elected President. The CEO of ExxonMobil may be Secretary of State. And a host of other climate denying villains are leading key agencies. The environmental agencies – the Environmental Protection Agency, Interior Department, Energy Department – have some of the worst characters. But so do the Department of Justice and Housing and Urban Development. And then there’s the nominee for Ambassador to Israel who doesn’t believe in a two state solution. Suffice it to say it’s a tough time.
The only consolation we know is to roll up our sleeves and get to work. There are very local and very powerful possibilities before us to take on Big Oil in Louisiana in 2017. We’re not dead yet.
The best way for you to get involved is to Sign Up to Stand Up. Sign up for our e mail and text alerts here or on our home page. Donating money is also a big help.
Here are local battles that need your energy in 2017.
#1: Bayou Bridge Pipeline: This pipeline is the brainchild of Energy Transfer Partners, the same company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Bayou Bridge plans to move fracked oil across 11 South Louisiana parishes to refineries and export facilities. At longer than 160 miles, it would destroy over 600 wetland acres and disrupt some 700 waterbodies, including the drinking supplies for at least 300,000 people.
We are working with other groups in the state to stop this pipeline. To get involved sign up for text updates by texting cleanenergy to 88202. And reserve your calendar for Thursday, January 12, 2017. That’s the date of the hearing, the date we will stand up and say NO to Big Oil in our state.
#2 Big Oil: Fix our Coast! Seven Louisiana parishes and the Southeast Flood Protection Authority are suing the oil industry for destruction of the coast of Louisiana. The parishes include Vermillion, Cameron, Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines and St. Bernard.
We are supporting these lawsuits and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’ move to get the oil industry to pay for its coastal destruction. The state has a multi-billion dollar master plan to repair the coast, but no money to pay for it. The oil industry is the obvious source of that money since the industry is responsible for the destruction. Click here for a timeline of just how the oil industry has wronged our state.
There’s a lot that’s wrong in the world right now. But there’s a lot that we can do in our own state. Step up. Take action. Sign up NOW to get involved.
Let’s get em,
Anne Rolfes, Founding Director