Indigenous Environmental Network
A group of 11 environmental and community leaders were arrested yesterday calling on the Senate to reject Senator Manchin’s proposal to undermine environmental and community review and fast-track oil, gas, coal and mining projects. Those participating in civil disobedience are all directors of prominent organizations, including national and regional environmental groups, community organizations, and labor unions.
The protest came one day after Manchin formally released his Energy Independence and Security Act of 2022, which had been first announced in July. Since the bill’s release late Wednesday, it has been widely criticized by civil rights and environmental justice advocates, and members of Congress.
Organizations participating in the protest include Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Popular Democracy, Earthworks, Familias Unidas por La Justicia, Food & Water Watch, Greenpeace USA, Indigenous Environmental Network, Just Transition Alliance, New York Communities for Change, Oil Change International, Step Up Louisiana, Sunrise Movement, Climate Justice Alliance, and United Steelworkers Local 675.
Tom BK Goldtooth (above), Executive Director of Indigenous Environmental Network:
“Manchin’s permitting reform bill, the Energy Independence and Security Act is a direct threat against the inherent sovereignty and jurisdictional authority of our Indigenous nations and its peoples to protect ourselves from this accelerating climate crisis. The content of the bill strips critical NEPA provisions that Indigenous and other environmental justice communities need in order to take action on destructive projects like pipelines. Pipelines like the Mountain Valley Pipeline will be built with impunity under this bill. This dirty deal will set a precedent for more destructive projects to be implemented without review. We must uplift and protect our Mother Earth, not repeal the minimal provisions that do exist. We must continue to fight against climate greenwashing and false solutions. We must take real action to keep fossil fuels in the ground.”
JOIN US SEPT 27, 2022: No Dirty Side-Deal!!
Say no dirty side-deal! Join us on Tuesday, September 27 at 3 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. CT/ 12 noon PST for a digital rally to fight against the handout to the gas and oil industry, the Permitting Reform Bill.
Written by the American Petroleum Institute, the bill would destroy protections in place under the National Environmental Policy Act and Clean Water Act. It silences most affected communities from speaking up against proposed extractive projects and edges them out of the judiciary process, working in direct opposition to much needed climate action.
While the bill is touted by Senators Schumer (D-NY) and Manchin (D-WV), others like Senator Sanders and Representative Grijalva are fighting back.
The decision will be made by the Senate this week. To keep it from going through we need to make our voices heard now.
Co-hosted by the Climate Justice Alliance and the Indigenous Environmental Network.
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