Tell Biden: Stop Line 3
The Line 3 tar sands pipeline endangers the clean water and food systems of Native people — and it exacerbates the MMIW epidemic. America’s ongoing genocide of Turtle Island’s Indigenous population is not acceptable. Support our activist partners in Minnesota at Camp Migizi (Eagle), and stand with the Anishinaabe People. Tell President Biden to stop Line 3!
Dear President Biden,
Please use the power of your position to stop Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline. Slated to carry nearly a million barrels of tar sands oil per day across the treaty territory of Anishinaabe Peoples, it threatens water, food sources, pristine wetlands, and Indigenous culture.
In addition, expanding any pipeline infrastructure at this time runs counter to your administration’s stated climate objective to transition toward renewable sources of energy from fossil fuels that exacerbate the climate crisis. And this pipeline is particularly dangerous.
Tar sands oil is some of the dirtiest in the world, and its extraction emits up to three times more global warming pollution than does producing the same quantity of conventional crude. The carbon impact of this project is equivalent to 50 new coal plants. Is the completion of this project — now, when the extent of the climate crisis has become all too obvious and the need to address it all too clear — something you want on your record and attached to your legacy?
We know that pipelines leak, and Line 3 is a disaster waiting to happen. A single spill has the potential to contaminate the drinking water of 18 million people, as Line 3 will extend from Canada to the shores of Lake Superior. To make things worse, this 1,097 mile project is managed by Enbridge, a Canadian pipeline company responsible for the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history.
Line 3 directly poses a major threat not just to our climate, but also to the way of life of Indigenous peoples. It’s already perpetuating the ongoing epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). So far, two contractors working on Line 3 have been charged with sex trafficking, which comes as no surprise considering that pipelines — along with their temporary, cash-rich workforce — lead to increased sex trafficking, sexual abuse, and murders of Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirit People.
Please listen to the Native People leading this call, and listen to the host of allied organizations and elected leaders who back them. It is essential for the federal government to serve and protect its people, including defending the rights of Indigenous communities to life and land. We are depending on you to place the good of the people and planet over fossil fuel profits. Please stop Line 3 now.
Here’s a list of leaders and organizations standing against Line 3:
The Lakota People’s Law Project
The Romero Institute
Hip Hop Caucus
Other98 (Portland, OR)
Jamaal Bowman for Congress
Honor the Earth
Rashida Tlaib for Congress
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Congress
Endangered Species Coalition
Climate Hawks Vote
Data for Progress
Labor Network for Sustainability
Daily Kos Liberation League
Progressive Reform Network
Honor the Earth
Rainforest Action Network