1. That’s more like it.

    I’ve been privately grumpy about some of the Tar Sands Action messaging lately, with all the ink that high-profile enviros started devoting to e.g. the “State Department emails scandal” — as if the continually worsening reality of catastrophic global warming needed something more interesting to get people’s attention, and that something was lobbyists and government employees sending each other emoticons.

    So it was good to see Bill McKibben in this email appeal today, back on what this is really about.

    Our friends in the gulf know first hand how the oil industry can wreak havoc on a community. What’s happening now in the Gulf — not to mention in indigenous communities in Alberta — is the true face of the whole fossil fuel industry.

    Having members of Bridge the Gulf at the action would send a powerful message that we oppose this pipeline, not because it is something exceptional, but because it is part of a long pattern of betrayal and destruction by the oil companies.

    Since I couldn’t find the text of the email hosted on tarsandsaction.org, I’m pasting it in full below. This fight doesn’t start or end with one company, one pipeline, one disastrous project or another. The fossil fuel industry is responsible for environmental destruction on every scale, and the most vulnerable communities are, as always, hit first and hardest by new disasters.

    That’s why I’ll be in D.C. on November 6th. How about you?

    Tar Sands Action

    Friends-

    I need your help getting some very important people to the action on November 6th.

    Earlier this week we were contacted by our friends at Bridge the Gulf, an organization hard at work documenting the aftermath of the BP oil disaster and the long term environmental racism of oil refineries all around the Gulf of Mexico.

    Our friends in the gulf know first hand how the oil industry can wreak havoc on a community. What’s happening now in the Gulf — not to mention in indigenous communities in Alberta - is the true face of the whole fossil fuel industry.

    Having members of Bridge the Gulf at the action would send a powerful message that we oppose this pipeline, not because it is something exceptional, but because it is part of a long pattern of betrayal and destruction by the oil companies. They want to join everyone at the action on November 6th, but need help paying for a bus to get there. Gulf coast communities have first hand experience of what happens when oil industry greed gets out of control, and they can give a powerful warning about what will happen when this pipeline spills.

    Here’s the problem: we’ve had such an incredible response to our call to action that we’re out of cash for buses (12 are already coming!). We need some help from you so that folks from the gulf will be represented at our rally.

    The bus will cost several thousand dollars - and if we can get more than one, I’m sure they can fill it. $50 will cover one seat, and i was hoping we could all pitch in to help make sure Bridge the Gulf can make it to DC for the action. Can you help out?

    Click here to make a contribution to the Bridge the Gulf bus.

    (350.org is acting as the fiscal sponsor for the Tar Sands Action - all of your contributions from this page will go towards the action)

    Our friends in the gulf know first hand how the oil industry can wreak havoc on a community. What’s happening now in the Gulf — not to mention in indigenous communities in Alberta - is the true face of the whole fossil fuel industry.

    Having members of Bridge the Gulf at the action would send a powerful message that we oppose this pipeline, not because it is something exceptional, but because it is part of a long pattern of betrayal and destruction by the oil companies. They are powerful voices speaking truth to power, and I’d love if you could help them make it to the White House. Here’s the link to donate again:

    Click here to help Bridge the Gulf make it to DC.

    Thanks for all you’re doing,

    —Bill

     
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