TransCanada, the corporation aiming to build the Keystone XL pipeline, has asked the Obama Administration to suspend its process for evaluating TransCanada's application for permits. So TransCanada can bone up on pipe safety? Sadly, no: TransCanada cites Nebraska's latest route review process as the reason -- and I'm all for Nebraska taking its time approving the pipeline's route, since that's a big chunk of heartland drinking water that's going to go down if the pipeline bursts there -- but more likely TransCanada is afraid the Obama Administration will deny their application, and if he suspends the process, they'll take their chances that a new President not named Sanders will be more likely to approve it. (Secretary Clinton has said she opposes the pipeline, but that's now -- we'll see what she does if she wins.) You have to wonder if the bottoming out of crude oil prices all over the planet might have something to do with it, too. In any case, now is the time to put more pressure on President Obama to reject the pipeline, which bothFriends of the Earth and the Sierra Club both help you do.
Meanwhile, the International Labor Rights Forum helps you tell Darden Restaurants to do more to support the well-being of civilized people by better promoting local agriculture, sustainable food production, and higher wages for its workers. Why Darden Restaurants? Because it's the biggest-grossing casual dining corporation in America -- as it should be, if it owns Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, and the Capital Grille, among many others! -- and if you can get the biggest operation to change its ways, other operations will follow suit. And Darden should be hungry for some good PR, given the bath they took not too long ago about their CEO making over 1,900 times what his lowest-paid tipped employee makes. Asking Darden to do a lot of different things (all things, I reiterate, that will bring them good publicity) increases the possibility they'll do any one of them. If I had to pick one, I'd say pay their workers better, but if they depended less on factory farms, or upped their veggie portions, or bought more food from local and regional producers, well, those are all victories, too.
Finally, our Congressfolk still aim to kill the Endangered Species Act, because protecting endangered species interferes with Congressfolk's goal of selling off public land to their mining and drilling cronies. To think that some of these folks are so "pure" that they don't even get any kind of kickback for that -- they really believe that selling off public lands to make their donors richer is moral and just and requires no additional compensation! And I normally admire purism! I guess I prefer my purism uncorrupted by mammon. In any case, having explained why politicians try to kill the Endangered Species Act, I should explain why we defend it. Yes, killing off an entire population of a species, forever, is immoral, but it's also bad for us -- when a species's numbers starts to dwindle, that's an alarm that something's wrong with the ecosystem upon which they depend, and we depend on those ecosystems, too, no matter how remote they are. So Wild Earth Guardians helps you tell your Congressfolk to protect endangered species, and in so doing also protect us.