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Activists from Appalachia and beyond protest Biden’s endorsement of MVP and demand he stop approving new fossil fuel projects
(Washington, D.C) – Hundreds of frontline and Appalachian climate activists and their allies are rallying outside of the White House on Thursday, June 8th, to protest President Biden’s endorsement of the Mountain Valley Pipeline and demand that Biden reject all new fossil fuel projects. Activists will be joined by Members of Congress, including Rep. Justin J. Pearson and Rep. Rashida Tlaib. Approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a 303 mile incomplete fracked gas pipeline project expanding from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia, was included in the debt ceiling deal penned by Biden and Speaker McCarthy and signed into law by the President on Saturday.
President Biden promised to deliver on climate, but the Mountain Valley Pipeline project would create greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 19 million passenger vehicles, 23 coal plants, and account for at least 1% of all greenhouse gasses from the US energy sector. Groups are rallying in DC to point out the administration’s pattern of pro-fossil fuel decisions, including the Willow Project in the Arctic and lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico, and demand he step up to fulfill his climate commitments.
Alongside the rally will be a sit-in, where organizers are anticipating dozens of arrests.
What: Frontline Appalachian, Indigenous and climate groups and their allies are rallying in D.C to protest President Biden’s recent approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in the debt ceiling deal and demand that he reject all new fossil fuel projects moving forward.
When: Thursday, June 8th, 2-4pm ET
Where: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500
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