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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Presente.org Reacts to President Obama's Delay on Keystone Pipeline Decision

Announcement Comes on Heels of Latino Group Joining Opposition to Project's Pollution Impacts

April 18, 2014

The State Department issued today an announcement on extending the comment period for the Keystone XL Pipeline, essentially delaying a decision on whether to allow construction of the project. Reasons for the delay in part cite legal challenges in Nebraska. The announcement comes on the heels of Presente.org, the nation’s largest online Latino organizing group, joining the fight to oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline, on the grounds that the project would disproportionally impact Latino communities- both by exacerbating climate change and by poisoning the largely Latino communities that live near refineries for tar sands in Houston, TX.

In response, here is a statement from Presente.org's Executive Director Arturo Carmona:

“Delaying this toxic project until after the midterms won’t change the fact that it would be a disaster for our health, climate, and communities. A delay by President Obama is certainly a welcome win for opponents of the pipeline, but only rejection will protect Latino communities from the troubling pollution and climate change fueled extreme weather that will come from this project. Refineries that would process KXL's tar sands are still concentrated in Latino communities in Texas— sickening our children and families with their toxic pollution. We call on the President to keep his promise of addressing climate change and start building a clean energy economy by rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline once and for all.”