Lakota People's Law Project
"Yesterday's ruling represents yet another legal validation that the Standing Rock Nation and its allies have been right all along. It's time to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline. With the planet in the midst of a climate emergency, we are out of time for making allowances for the fossil fuel industry. Renewable energy technologies like wind and solar are actually cheaper than oil now, and these technologies present opportunities to put people to work in good paying jobs in the renewable energy sector. It need not be said that there can be no jobs on a dead earth. Instead of bullying Indigenous communities into accepting noxious infrastructure in violation of federal environmental law, our government should be providing stimulus to impoverished communities and promoting a new, green economy. Like the pandemic, the fossil fuel industry has an outsized impact on communities of color. We hope President Biden will act immediately, using his authority to confront the problems ravaging our communities and fund solutions that better our world."
The Lakota People's Law Project operates under the 501(c)(3) Romero Institute, a nonprofit law and policy center.