Why I and 145 Former Obama Campaign Staff Are Calling On President Obama to Reject Keystone XL
During the height of the epicly hot DC summer of 2012, I got a call from an amazing friend and organizer who had ridden President Obama’s campaign from the 2008 North Carolina Primary all the way through to the general election and had jumped back on the 2012 re-election campaign as the Training Director for Virginia. She told me that the numbers were tight, and she needed help training enough field organizers to ensure the President could carry Virginia and it’s critical 13 electoral votes.
I dropped everything and moved to Virginia to help re-elect President Obama because I knew if we were going to get real action on climate, we needed someone like President Obama in office, not Mitt Romney.
But in order to get the action we need on climate we don't just need President Obama in office, we need a courageous movement leading the way, showing what bold action on climate looks like, and demanding President Obama follow our lead.
Today myself and 145 other former Obama Campaign staff are sending a letter to President Obama letting him know that we support him following through on his commitment to take action on climate change, and that it would be unacceptable for him to fail to do so.
The Obama Campaign staff who signed onto the letter were on the frontlines of President Obama's campaign working 10.. 15.. and, yes, sometimes 18 hour days. We talked with millions of voters, and one thing we heard over and over again, whether it was on the phones or at the doors, is that the American people want to see President Obama show decisive leadership on issues like climate change, and do the right thing on issues like Keystone XL.
I just recently started as the Field Director at Energy Action Coalition and I couldn't be more excited to continue to build a courageous movement that is only getting started when it comes to holding our President to the highest standard on fighting the climate crisis. This fall, over 10,000 young people - many of the same young people who worked their fingers to the bone and shoes to the sole calling and knocking on doors for the President - will come together at Power Shift 2013, where we’ll continue to pioneer grassroots strategies to address the climate crisis, and call on President Obama to join us by standing up to the big polluters wreacking havoc on our communities and the climate.
Check out the letter below, and if you were on the Obama Campaign too, click here to sign-on to the letter.