With a federal judge ruling this week that the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) must be shutoff and emptied of oil by August 5, the fight to stop the pipeline is back on! Bold Iowa again is helping to lead the charge.
One of the two most important things you can do to help is to donate as generously as possible to Bold Iowa. Why generously? Because with so many Iowans strapped for cash and barely making ends meet due to COVID-19, if you’re able to donate, please be as helpful as your means allow.
The other action you can take is to write to members of the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) and ask them to revisit their decision earlier this year to allow Energy Transfer to double the flow of oil through the pipeline.
This morning I sent the following letter to IUB Chair, Geri Huser. The letter is a personal appeal to Geri, as she and I have been friends and were colleagues for many years. Perhaps the strongest case for persuading public officials to take action against climate change is to appeal to them through our shared humanity.
My appeal to Geri is both personal and urgent. I write, “The escalation of climate change, coupled with the decision this week by Judge Boasberg to shut down DAPL, opens the door to a new conversation about Iowa’s role in addressing the climate crisis. Geri, you are in a unique position of leadership and influence. It is no exaggeration to say that, at this moment, more than any other Iowan, you could have an immensely profound impact on the climate crisis.”
Thank you for all you’ve done in the past in this fight against the pipeline. We didn’t stop it in 2017, but we are on the verge of stopping it now. I’m counting on you to help, and eager to provide whatever guidance and information you need.
Thank you, and I also hope you’ll checkout this week’s Fallon Forum. We rely on YOU, our audience, to help circulate our home-grown alternative to the radical right-wing voices that dominate the corporate-owned airwaves.
— Update on dicamba damage, with Nathan Donley, Center for Biological Diversity;
— Young Black woman from small Iowa town front-and-center in BLM protest, with Maya Phelps;
— Coronavirus: We know more now, but still don’t know enough, with Dr. Markalain Dery;
— Court shutdowns Dakota Access Pipeline, with Kathy Byrnes.
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