Interfaith Power & Light Still Opposes Keystone Pipeline

Carper Big Oil Puppet?

Sierra Club demonstrators oppose the pipeline and call Senator Tom Carper to account.


Delaware’s Carper says he will vote for controversial project

After a long period of intense controversy and strenuous public debate, the Senate is preparing to vote next Tuesday on S. 2280, a bill to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Delaware Senator Tom Carper says he’ll vote to approve the project. According to The Hill, Carper said, “enough already” when asked why he was going to vote in favor of the pipeline. The Hill reported that:

Carper said President Obama should declare victory on the climate deal with China, which he said will have “profound effects” that far outweigh Keystone in the fight on climate change.

“Let’s clear the decks” and start talking about other issues, he said.

Delaware Interfaith Power & Light opposes Keystone XL

Interfaith Power & Light was co-counded by First Unitarian Church member Chad Tolman. Learn more about it here. Comments on this post are welcome.

In an email today, Lisa Locke, the new executive director of DeIPL said:

We, as members and friends of the Delaware Interfaith Power & Light, are a religious response to climate change.

And IF we believe:

  • that because the approval of the Keystone pipeline will both directly and indirectly accelerate global warming … it is unjustifiable;
  • that because the Keystone pipeline poses a serious threat to eco-systems, wildlife, and native cultures … it is unjustifiable;
  • that, given the high financial cost of the project and increasingly questionable return on investment, the Keystone pipeline … it is unjustifiable;
  • that a vote in favor of the Keystone pipeline in order to help secure Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu’s seat in the Senate … is unjustifiable;
  • that because we have a moral imperative to wisely and responsibly care for Creation, prevent suffering, and preserve the resources and wonders of the Earth, support for approval of the Keystone pipeline … is unjustifiable;

Stephanie Herron, outreach coordinator for the Delaware Sierra Club also emailed tonight urging action:

Since I emailed you early yesterday morning there have been a multitude of new developments on the Keystone XL Senate bill.  For one, Senate leadership has confirmed the vote will be on Tuesday.  In response to our early grassroots pressure Senator Coons has come out against and said that he will support President Obama’s process on Keystone XL and will not vote to undermine that (which is great–call to thank him: 202-224-5042).  Our pressure on President Obama is working too–as he indicated he would likely veto an attempt to force Keystone XL before the review process can play out AND come out with his strongest anti-Keystone statement yet, showing that he understand this pipeline is a boon to Canadian oil execs and all risk to the US.
 Unfortunately Senator Carper on the other hand has decided to side with the Republican climate deniers on this and vote for the Keystone fast track bill in an attempt to take the decision out of President Obama’s hands.  We’ve received national support in our actions targeting Carper, even founder Bill McKibben is now helping us directly pressure Carper.

Say thanks: Senator Christopher Coons (202) 224-5042

Say no: Senator Tom Carper (202) 224-2441

DeIPL’s Locke concluded her email by quoting Rachel Carson:

“We stand now where two roads diverge.  But unlike the roads in Robert Frost’s familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road—the one ‘less traveled by’—offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of our earth.”

Enough already?

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