Target: Hillary Clinton, Presidential Candidate
Goal: Take a firm stance on the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Bernie Sanders, along with four other senators, recently sent a letter to President Obama demanding an environmental and cultural assessment of the Dakota Access Pipeline, with approval standards that would most likely lead to rejection of the project. They pointed out the pipeline’s potentially severe impacts on climate, as well as its violation of native rights. Bernie Sanders has been an ardent opponent of the pipeline long before its story was hot in the news. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, refuses to come out firmly one way or another on the Dakota Access Pipeline.
John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chair, had gone so far as to say: “I think she believes that stakeholders need to get together at this point. It’s very important that all voices are heard.” It is indeed very important that voices be heard. If Hillary Clinton is listening to the voices of the Standing Rock Sioux, countless activists, and her former opponent Bernie Sanders, then she should know the pipeline must be opposed. In Sanders’s own words, “We cannot allow our drinking water to be poisoned so that a handful of fossil fuel companies can make even more in profits.” He made this statement to a crowd of at least 3,000 anti-pipeline protesters at a rally in Washington D.C. in September.
With Sanders now out of the race, the American people are left with one presidential candidate too timid to take a stand on the pipeline at all, and another who has actually invested in the company responsible for building the pipeline. Tell Hillary Clinton, if her greatest concern is doing what is best for this country, and not simply dancing a political dance in order to get elected, she should stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Dear Mrs. Clinton,
I am writing to urge you to take a stand on the Dakota Access Pipeline. Despite your promises to make America the world’s “clean energy superpower,” and your stated intent to “keep public lands public,” and “strengthen protections for our natural and cultural resources,” your campaign has repeatedly dodged the issue of the Dakota Access Pipeline. In my opinion, this project would violate all of these principles. The pipeline will cut through sacred tribal sites, endanger local water supply, and contribute to climate change.
Records show that your opponent, Donald Trump, has invested as much as $1 million in the company responsible for building the controversial pipeline. There’s no questioning where his interests lie. People in this country who care for the environment and for human rights need a candidate we can believe in. Please be this candidate – take a stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
I hope you will listen to the voices crying out that this project is wrong – including the voice of your former opponent, Bernie Sanders. Stopping the pipeline was on his agenda long before the story made national news. It should be on yours as well.
[Your Name Here]
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