In just hours, the Senate will vote on whether to push forward the Keystone XL pipeline—a disastrous and dangerous proposal that would, in the words of leading climate scientists and environmentalists, be "game over for the planet."1
Either the Senate will send President Obama a Keystone pipeline bill TODAY—and we will need him to promise to veto it; or the Democrats will defeat the measure by one vote, which means that in just seven weeks, a new Republican majority will send him the pipeline—and we'll need him to veto it in January.
Either way, President Obama is our last line of defense. So we're joining with allies to mobilize grassroots support demanding that the president commit to vetoing the pipeline bill—today or early next year.
Will you chip in $3 to help stop the Keystone XL pipeline—and to push Democrats and President Obama to be bold in the fights ahead?
We've already begun fighting back. We're helping organize rallies outside wavering senators' offices. We're mobilizing calls to senators. And we're providing organizers on the ground with access to MoveOn tools and connections to MoveOn members.
We're mobilizing because this is a hugely important fight on its own—and it'll set the stage for the next two years.
When the Republicans take control of the Senate in January, we can expect a rush of right-wing, anti-climate, anti-science bills: a rollback of President Obama's efforts to regulate carbon, bills to undermine his climate change agreement with China, and bills that give rein to the extractive practices of frackers, Big Coal, and Big Oil.
Following the midterms, some Democrats are feeling nervous—and they are hearing from the usual chorus of consultants and pundits who advise them that the way to win is to be more like Republicans. This is the kind of horrible advice that lost many Democrats their election—yet conservative Democrats continue to listen! And they won't stop unless they feel sustained, passionate pressure from their grassroots base—the folks who they need to inspire in order to win future elections.
Will you chip in $3 to help us make sure Democrats stop the Keystone XL pipeline, stop listening to big oil and bad consultants, and fight for progressive values?
This fight isn't just a preamble to other environmental attacks—it foreshadows the large range of issues that the right-wing Republican leadership intends to tackle. We'll face similar assaults on health care, women's rights, equality, decent wages, Social Security, and civil rights.
In fight after fight, Republicans will push forward a radical agenda and then attempt to pick off a few Democrats to give them the supermajority they need, as well as the veneer of "bipartisanship."
The only way to preserve affordable health care, see humane reforms in our immigration policy, ensure women make their own decisions about their health, and fully invest in Social Security is to make sure Democrats stand strong. And when the Democrats in the Senate falter, it will come to President Obama to be bold in the use of his veto pen.
Following the midterms, many Democrats are nervous. It's our job to make them realize that the path to a stronger America, and to future electoral victories, isn't through caving in—it's through standing up for our shared values.
Whatever happens in the Senate today, we know one thing for sure: We're going to need to be stubborn, strong, and stiff-spined for the next two years.
Can you chip in $3 to help us defeat the Keystone pipeline—and prepare for the fights ahead?
Thanks for all you do.
–Anna, Jo, Brian, Corinne, and the rest of the team
1. "Why I Got Arrested Over the Keystone XL Pipeline," Mother Jones, August 25, 2011
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