Nov 9, 2018

USA: Fight Fires, Floods, Keystone XL, and other Climate Threats

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From: RL Miller <>
Date: Fri, Nov 9, 2018, 10:43 AM
Subject: Fire wasn't the email I was going to write

Climate Hawks Vote

I'm writing this as an evacuee, after a night of emergency alerts, cat naps, and devil winds.
I was going to email you about the good news -- the court order stopping the Keystone XL pipeline. And, really, it's good news! A federal judge has blocked construction of the Keystone XL pipeline! And on climate grounds, no less!
The court required the State Department to revise the proposed project's environmental impact statement to evaluate the extraordinary changes in oil markets that have occurred since the previous review was completed in 2014; to consider the combined climate impacts of approving both the Keystone XL and other tar sands pipelines; and to study cultural resources and examine the risks of oil spills. That's huge. The court even included in its order a requirement that the Trump administration explain why, besides "because politics," it did an about-face on Obama's denial of the permit.
Yet it's really hard for me to be excited about Keystone, because of the fire that has destroyed homes in my neighborhood. "Fire season" in Southern California used to run from late September til the first fall rains. Now, fire season begins September 1 and ends August 31, and the rains don't stop it -- if the rains come at all. October rains came and went and now we're burning again. This is our new reality. And it's all interconnected: As long as oil flows through a pipeline in the Dakotas, California will burn. As long as coal is mined in Wyoming, Florida will flood.
Each fire brings a sense of impending doom that can't be conveyed by watching on TV news. And the science tells me it's not going to get any better unless we all join together to defeat the polluters who are literally burning my community. Because after my community, it'll be yours.
That's why we've emerged from Tuesday's election as committed as ever to building long-term political power on behalf of the climate. Please become a sustaining donor with a gift of $5/month, $10/month, or whatever you can afford.
Your fellow climate hawk,

RL Miller
"Climate scientists see alarming new threat to California," Los Angeles Times