Opposing Line 3 full page ad in the Star Tribune, January 31, 2021

A Broad and Growing Movement says the Time is Now to Stop Line 3.

An open letter to Minnesota decision makers. Since 2014  thousands of Minnesotans have shown up at hearings, talked to neighbors, written letters and organized in their communities to oppose Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline. Line 3 is a clear danger to our climate, water, and land in Minnesota, and would undermine the treaty rights of the Anishinaabe people.

We urge Governor Tim Walz and all Minnesota state leadership to stand frim against the Line 3 pipeline. The facts are not in Enbridge’s favor, and the time for climate action is now. A thoughtful, science-based approach shows a clear conclusion: Line 3 must not be built.

Photos of Resistance

Above: Opposing Line 3, 350MN Demonstration, October 2019 with Veterans  for Peace sign calling out the US military as the largest polluter of fossil fuels in the world.

Below: Opposing Line 3, 350MN Demonstration, October 2019 Note if you look closely you can see the many people still up above who walk down and around along the lake, where if you look closely you can see the signs of marchers at this very large demonstration.

Above: On the shores of Lake Superior, 350MN demonstration in Duluth MN, October 2021.

Below: Demonstration on July 9, 2021 in Palisade MN, sponsored by Honor the Earth.

Below: Clearbook MN, June 2013 at Enbridge terminus pipeline crossroads where oil is separated to be sent to different places in the country for Koch Industries and other oil companies.

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  1. Kathy McKay · ·

    I saw this list of signers on Sunday. Pretty impressive!


  2. WHEN learning that during Canada’s 2015 federal election, Postmedia (under then-CEO Paul Godfrey) ordered its metro-daily newspapers to editorially endorse and run paid ads on newspaper covers (a.k.a. jackets) by the incumbent Stephen Harper Conservatives, my disappointment said ‘Say it isn’t so.’

    Two years later, upon reading excerpts from Rafe Mair’s 2017 book Politically Incorrect, I was left feeling angry. Within, Mair (the late popular and well-respected B.C. lawyer, politician, journalist and radio host) notes some astonishing quotes by some of Canada’s news-media decision makers.

    During one of its presentations, it was stated: “Postmedia and CAPP [Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers] will bring energy to the forefront of our national conversation. Together, we will engage executives, the business community and the Canadian public to underscore the ways in which the energy sector powers Canada.”

    According to then-publisher of Postmedia’s National Post, Douglas Kelly, “From its inception, the National Post has been one of the country’s leading voices on the importance of energy to Canada’s business competitiveness internationally and our economic well-being in general. We will work with CAPP [Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers] to amplify our energy mandate and to be a part of the solution to keep Canada competitive in the global marketplace. The National Post will undertake to leverage all means editorially, technically and creatively to further this critical conversation.”

    To this, Mair himself exclaims, “This is the formula guiding Postmedia as they hold the oil industry’s feet to the fire!”

    Of course, by this Mair implied that the newspaper giant will likely go easy on the oil industry, which is known for causing major environmental damage and leaving most of the billions of dollars in toxic-mess clean-up costs behind for taxpayers to foot. (Oil companies are supposed to, but don’t, place aside sufficient funds to cover cleanup costs after their operations shut down.)

    In this case, journalism’s traditional function may have been quietly revised. Although it’s supposed to ‘comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,’ it seems there has been a revision, at least when it comes to Big Oil.

    More recently, though, Postmedia acquired a lobbying firm with close ties to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney in order to participate in the latter’s government’s new $30 million PR “war room” in promoting the interests of Canada’s fossil fuel industry. But the newspaper giant’s apparent bedding with the powerful industry is not news (albeit it’s little known amongst the general population).
    I believe that the promotion of massive fossil fuel extraction, even Canada’s very own, should be the last partisan position for a newspaper giant to take.


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