Moving Beyond Dirty Energy

In historic move, judge grants Youth Climate Intervenors legal status to bring climate arguments to pipeline permitting process


ST. PAUL, MN— On July 3, a Minnesota judge made the historic decision to grant 13 young people legal status as an official stakeholder in the permitting case for Enbridge’s controversial Line 3 tar sands pipeline.

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Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline would put their futures at risk, so these young people are petitioning for a seat at the decision-making table. Now, Enbridge is trying to silence them.


On Monday, May 15, eight of 13 “Youth Climate Intervenors” appeared in front of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s Administrative Law Judge to argue for a seat at the table in the case of Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 pipeline “replacement.” 

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On Wednesday, April 19, more than 50 young people met with Governor Mark Dayton as part of Water Action Day, to express their unique hopes and concerns about protecting our water resources here in Minnesota for our generation, and all those who follow.

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On Saturday, March 4, more than 200 people—mostly youth under the age of 30—took to the streets of small-town Whitewater, Wisconsin, in a March Against Pipeline Expansion.

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Members of the Indigenous Youth Ceremonial Mentoring Society—who had traveled all the way from St. Paul, Minnesota, to participate—led the march. Starting from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater campus, marchers made their way through town, down Main Street, and eventually to the scenic Cravath Lakefront Park.

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“It’s time for Pennsylvania to make the transition to clean energy and develop a resilient rural economy that doesn’t rely on dirty energy."


884 Students on the steps of the PA State Capitol after delivering their letter to Governor Tom Wolf

On Monday, students from 19 Pennsylvania colleges and universities delivered a statement to Governor Tom Wolf's Capitol office demanding no new natural gas pipelines and immediate investment in green jobs.

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Watching the footage of armored military vehicles rolling through the remains of the Oceti Sakowin camp last week was a powerful reminder of the lawless brutality still wielded by the oil companies and their purchased politicians.

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On Sunday, December 4, the water protectors at Standing Rock and their allies achieved a historic victory: the Army Corps of Engineers just denied the final permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline to drill under the Missouri River.

It shouldn’t have taken months. It shouldn’t have taken the sacrifices it did. It shouldn’t be something we have to fight for at all. But fight we did—and against odds that cynics said we could never overcome, we’re claiming this victory.

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On November 15, tens of thousands of you took to the streets at hundreds of actions from California to Ireland to say #NoDAPL.

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859 The Dakota Access Pipeline is covered in the filthy fingerprints of half a dozen corporate oil giants, but the biggest and ugliest are those of Enbridge. Enbridge Energy Inc., a Canadian mega-corporation, recently purchased a 28% share in the pipeline from Energy Transfer Partners, making them the largest single financial contributor to the project’s bottom line.

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