The Keystone XL pipeline is back. The State Department under the Trump administration approved in March 2017 a permit authorizing TransCanada to build the KXL pipeline.
While Climate First!'s strategy to defeat the KXL pipeline under the previous administration involved, in part, preparing for direct actions (with civil disobedience) at the State Dept in Washington, D.C., this time around we are “following the money.” Climate First! is going after the banks which are funding TransCanada, the Canadian energy company that is constructing the pipeline. To pressure these lenders funding the KXL pipeline, we are building a large coalition of groups and organizations throughout the Mid-Atlantic region to defeat the project once and for all.
Climate First!'s #defundKXL campaign is presently confronting Wells Fargo, asking the huge U.S. bank to end its financial relationship with TransCanada and its KXL pipeline project.
Join Climate First! and our coalition allies as we run "Days of Actions" (nearly always) on the 2nd Friday and 4th Saturday of every month against Wells Fargo bank branches in the Mid-Atlantic region throughout 2018. (Sometimes the actual calendar or our work/personal schedules necessitate moving one of the days.) See our next action here.
Other ways to get involved:
Call Wells Fargo CEO & President Timothy J. Sloan: 866-878-5865 and ask:
“I respectfully ask that Wells Fargo end its financial involvement with TransCanada, the company that is building the Keystone XL pipeline. I oppose the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline because the project will likely have grave repercussions for the world’s climate. I ask that Wells Fargo undertake a rigorous review of its lending relationship with TransCanada, and end its involvement with the energy company. In taking such a principled stand against TransCanada—and by connection the Keystone XL pipeline—Wells Fargo would certainly be heralded as an environmental leader in the banking world and beyond!”
If you are a customer of Wells Fargo, contact your local Wells Fargo and share your version of the attached letter with them. Just cut and paste the sample letter into a Word document, and create the letter you want to discuss with your branch manager.
Connect with them on Facebook to let them know how you feel: https://www.facebook.com/wellsfargo
Below: After the permit for the KXL pipeline was approved by the State Dept in 2017, Climate First! attended an emergency rally near the White House to show its resolve in opposing the project.