Opponents of Keystone XL Pipeline Praise Judicial Order Blocking Construction

On Thursday, a federal judge in Montana temporarily halted the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada’s tar sands region in Alberta to refineries as far away as the Gulf of Mexico. The court’s decision will require the Trump administration to review more thoroughly the potential negative impacts of the pipeline on the surrounding environment and climate change. President Obama halted the construction of the pipeline, which is being built by TransCanada, in 2015 following mass public protests, but Trump reversed the order shortly after he came into office. Environmental and indigenous groups hailed the decision Thursday. Sierra Club attorney Doug Hayes said in a statement, “The Trump administration tried to force this dirty pipeline project on the American people, but they can’t ignore the threats it would pose to our clean water, our climate, and our communities.” We speak with May Boeve, executive director of 350 Action, the political arm of the climate organization 350.org.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: May, I wanted to ask you — in terms of the issue of the long-term solutions, in the face of total inaction from the federal government, I’m wondering if you could talk about the lawsuit, with the help of Our Children’s Trust, with a group of young people suing the government over its failure to act on climate change.

MAY BOEVE: We are so celebrating the work of these brave, young activists who have brought this incredible suit against the federal government. They just received a stay from the 9th Circuit Court just recently, and so their case is getting momentum.

And what they’re claiming is so important for everyone to know about. They are claiming that the federal government’s inaction on climate is putting their future at risk. And they are using the courts to demonstrate that. And the courts, not only with climate, but with so many important issues — migration, mass incarceration — the courts are becoming one…

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