While we were all busy fretting about Hillary Clinton’s health, Sen. Bernie Sanders stood with the Standing Rock Sioux in their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
On Tuesday, Bernie Sanders took the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline to the House floor.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., proposed an amendment Thursday to the Water Resources Development Act to prevent the secretary of the Army from granting an easement for the Lake Oahe crossing for the crude oil pipeline until the completion of an environmental impact statement. The Senate is scheduled to resume consideration of the bill Monday afternoon, according to its floor schedule.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) on Tuesday evening called on President Obama to take action to stop the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline oil project, joining protesters at a rally near the White House.
“If there is one profound lesson that the Native American people have taught us is that all of us as human beings are a part of Nature and our species as human beings will not survive if we continue to destroy nature.”
“We cannot allow our drinking water to be poisoned so that a handful of fossil fuel companies can make even more in profits. […] We stand united in saying, ‘Stop the pipeline, respect Native American rights and let us move forward to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels.”
That’s right. As USA Today points out, Bernie Sanders expressed concern that the Dakota Access Pipeline not only violates sacred lands, it would also likely poison the water supply. And, as the map below shows, oil companies don’t have such a great track record when it comes to pipeline spills.
This Map Shows Every Pipeline Spill In The U.S. For The Past 28 Years (VIDEO) http://t.co/ilpfsX0dZy
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Bernie Sanders then called on President Barack Obama to delay any further action on the Dakota Access Pipeline until a full environmental and cultural impact study is completed. And he’s convinced that when we see the results, “this pipeline will not continue.”
“I am calling for a full environmental and cultural impact analysis of the pipeline. When that analysis takes place, this pipeline will not continue.”