A slew of environmentalists and celebrities want to confront President Donald Trump if he approves both the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines Wednesday.
Activist Bill McKibben, documentary filmmaker Josh Fox, and Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo were among those tweeting rabble-rousing messages to DAPL opponents, directing them to resist Trump’s approval of the controversial project.
McKibben, who has worked for months to torpedo the DAPL project, told his followers on Twitter that they should ready themselves for a “fight” once the president okays construction on the multi-billion dollar project.
Trump to sign order allowing DAPL, KXL at 11 this morning. Which means the fight is on.
— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) January 24, 2017
The prominent environmentalist and academic called the entire project — from beginning to end — an act of “environmental racism.”
“The solution, in keeping with American history,” McKibben wrote in October for The New York Times in October, referencing the DAPL’s decision to reroute the pipeline, was to “make the crossing instead just above the Standing Rock reservation, where the poverty rate is nearly three times the national average.”
Anti-DAPL activists like McKibben and Ruffalo believe the line’s construction would trample on tribal lands and potentially poison waterways, including rivers such as the Missouri River and Lake Oahe.
Ruffalo, who gained fame after playing the Incredible Hulk in “Captain America,” followed Mckibben’s tweet with one urging anti-DAPl activists to keep the faith and continue to fight even as their efforts to stymie the project look grim.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 24, 2017
Fox, an anti-fracking extremists, meanwhile, called on his Twitter minions to “organize and resist” the president’s move.
— Josh Fox (@joshfoxfilm) January 24, 2017
Protests along the DAPL route have increased in recent days leading up to Trump’s inauguration — demonstrations at the line on Jan. 19, for instance, led to 21 arrests. Standing Rock Sioux, one of the tribe’s opposing the project, asked for reinforcements at campsites near the project’s route.
“There’s a lot coming down for the camp these next few days,” said Chase IronEyes, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, the American Indian tribe opposed to the multi-state pipeline. “This is a call out for self-sufficient, able-bodied, mobile protectors to come join the front line.”
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