Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Senator Heidi Heitkamp: Stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the Dakota Access Pipeline!

The world is taking notice, but Senator Heidi Heitkamp is still refusing to take a clear stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Add your name.

Dear MoveOn member,

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, joined by other Native Americans from across the country, are leading an historic resistance movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline—and the world is taking notice. But North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp is still refusing to take a clear stand on this massive pipeline. Now that the Tribe's resistance and occupation have gained worldwide attention, Sen. Heitkamp can no longer afford to stay silent.

I will be in Washington, D.C., to hand-deliver signatures on this petition this week. Will you add your name to this petition urging Sen. Heitkamp to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline now?

Oppose the Dakota Access Bakken Pipeline project, which threatens the sacred lands and clean water of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota have been protesting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline since April. The pipeline, also known as the Bakken Pipeline, will carry fracked crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale fields through South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois and then to Texas and Louisiana.1

In other words, it's Keystone XL all over again.

The planned pipeline threatens to pollute tribal waters and crosses land sacred to tribes, so members of the Standing Rock Tribe have been gathering at the site where it burrows under the Missouri River—and now construction there is on hold.2

Sen. Heitkamp, who represents North Dakota, has refused to take a stand on the pipeline. Will you sign the petition and urge Sen. Heitkamp to take a stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline now?

On the one hand, Sen. Heitkamp claims to be a "strong and vocal advocate for North Dakota's tribes" who is "dedicated to making sure our Native American brothers and sisters are not forgotten," and Tribes helped deliver her margin of victory in her 2012 Senate race.3,4

On the other, she's the most fossil-fuel-friendly Democrat in the Senate, constantly using her position to promote oil and coal. On the tough Climate Hawks Vote scorecard, she scored -68 for 2013-2014 (from a scale from -100 to +100). That made her the worst Democrat in the Senate on climate.5

If we are to have any hope at all of staving off climate catastrophe, we need to halt the fracking of North Dakota's oil shale fields—not build export pipelines that would allow the Bakken oil boom to increase. Halting the Dakota Access Pipeline is critical to keeping the Bakken crude in the ground.

Tell Heidi Heitkamp: It's time to take a stand. Standing Rock Sioux chair David Archambault has asked you to oppose the pipeline. Stand with the Tribes who helped elect you in 2012, and stand for a livable climate for all.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


—RL Miller, Climate Hawks Vote


1. "Though Promised for Domestic Use, Dakota Access Pipeline May Fuel Oil Exports," The Intercept, September 1, 2016

2. "Construction of controversial North Dakota pipeline temporarily halted," The Verge, September 9, 2016

3. "Heitkamp Announces Innovative Federal Investments for Standing Rock Students," Heidi Heitkamp, October 27, 2014

4. "Heidi Heitkamp: Tackling poverty on North Dakota reservations," Indianz.com, May 3, 2013

5. "Climate Hawks Vote: North Dakota Scorecard," Climate Hawks Vote, accessed September 12, 2016

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