This is why we pledged to resist Keystone XL.

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Update on the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance

Dear 5849376,

Pledge to Resist Keystone XL

As if we needed any more evidence that the Keystone XL pipeline should be rejected, this week the State Department inspector general launched an investigation into improper conflicts of interest between TransCanada and the contractor the State Department hired to write the environmental impact statement.

Contractor ERM twice misled the State Department when it was being hired for the project – first saying it had no relationship with TransCanada in the last three years (not true), then saying it was not an energy company (also not true), despite having worked on energy development research for the top five oil companies.1

CREDO Activists submitted nearly 200,000 comments on the State Department's latest sham environmental review – but it's becoming clear that going through the official channels likely won't be enough to pressure the President to reject Keystone XL.

That's why CREDO, Rainforest Action Network and the Other 98% launched the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance. Already more than 60,000 activists have committed to risk arrest by engaging in peaceful and dignified acts of civil disobedience if the Obama administration takes the next step to approving Keystone XL, which is to issue a draft National Interest Determination that recommends approval.

Over the last two months, we've been laying the groundwork to prepare for what could become the biggest burst of civil disobedience in modern American history. It is a huge and complex undertaking but we believe preparing for mass civil disobedience is a necessary next step in our movement.

Since we launched the pledge in March, the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide broke 400 ppm for the first time in millions of years and in human history -- a somber milestone that greatly underscores the need to stop KXL and do everything in our power to prevent the tar-sands carbon bomb from being detonated. And, the President learned about your pledge when news of it was personally conveyed, face-to-face, to the President by CREDO's president and CEO.

Committing to risk arrest in protest of Keystone XL is not something everyone can or should do. As a CREDO activist, we wanted to make sure you know what we are doing and planning for the months ahead. If the pledge of resistance is something you are ready to commit too, you can read the call to action and sign on here.

No one really knows when the National Interest Determination (NID) – which, if it recommends approval would trigger our pledge of civil disobedience – will come. At first, conventional wisdom said it would come in the fall. Then President Obama said he could make the decision as early as this summer. And now the State Department is saying it could be many months more before the Environmental Impact Statement is finalized - which will trigger the 90-day process to issue the draft NID.

We have two goals over the coming months: To create enough pressure on President Obama through demonstrating our commitment and our numbers that he has no choice but to reject Keystone XL. And to build out our organizing capacity across the country such that, should the draft NID recommend approval of Keystone XL, we are ready to deploy a thousand acts of peaceful, dignified civil disobedience.

Local action leader trainings in July: The heart of the Pledge of Resistance will be hundreds of volunteer-led, grassroots civil disobedience actions ready to be deployed at strategic targets around the country. It will take hundreds of activist leaders across the country to plan, lead and train others to participate in local civil disobedience actions. In order to train these local action leaders, we will run regional weekend trainings in 16 cities nationwide throughout July.

First action in Chicago: To show that we are serious in our pledge, we will plan sit-in actions throughout the summer -- one or two a month -- in key targets around the country. These actions are intended as a demonstration of our commitment, and a small-scale "coming attraction" for the feature film we hope we'll never have to watch: tens of thousands of people getting arrested in the event of a draft NID recommending approval of Keystone XL. The first action will be a sit-in on Monday, June 17th, in President Obama's hometown of Chicago, where Obama supporters, volunteers, donors and even campaign staff will risk arrest.

This is just the beginning, and the next phase of this campaign is going to make this pledge even bigger. Whether you take the pledge or not, we'll keep you updated on this effort to escalate our pressure on President Obama to reject Keystone XL.

If you are ready to take the next step – to take the pledge, or to volunteer to lead a local action in your community – click here to sign the pledge now.

Thanks for everything you are doing to fight Keystone XL.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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1. "State Department Inspector General Investigating Keystone XL Contractor ERM's Conflicts of Interest," Desmog Blog, 5/30/13


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