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11/16/16 11/16/16 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] amy: from marrakesh, morocco, at the united nations climate summit, this is democracy now! >> until january 20 when this administration is over, we intend to do everything possible to meet our responsibility to future generations to be able to address this threat to life itself on the planet. amy: with a climate denier about to move into the white house,
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secretary of state john kerry vows the obama administration will continue to battle the climate crisis in the remaining two months before donald trump takes office. but will obama stop the dakota access pipeline? that's the demand by thousands of activists who took to the streets across the country tuesday from los angeles to just outside the white house where senator bernie sanders unexpectedly joined the rally. we beg president obama in any way you possibly can, stop the pipeline. amy: we will air bernie sander'' speech outside the white house, then speak to his former advisor economist, jeffrey sachs, as well as tara houska of honor the earth and first nations leader kevin hart. all that and more, coming up.
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welcome to democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we are broadcasting from marrakesh, morocco, the u.n. climate summit. actions were held in hundreds of cities worldwide tuesday to protest the $3.8 billion dakota access pipeline, which would carry crude from the bakken oilfields of north dakota, through south dakota, iowa, and illinois. the project has faced months of resistance from the standing rock sioux tribe, representatives of more than 200 indigenous nations from across the americas, as well as thousands of non-native allies -- all fearing a pipeline spill could contaminate the missouri river, the drinking source for millions. on tuesday, protesters rallied from vermont to california with dozens arrested across the country. in mandan, north dakota, at least 25 people were arrested as hundreds blockaded a highway and access to one of the pipeline
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company's construction yards. massive rallies were held in new york city, los angeles, and in washington, d.c., where vermont senator bernie sanders spoke out . mr. sanders: the idea that at this moment in history with the scientific community is crystal clear that we need to transform our energy system that at this moment we have the fossil fuel industry pushing for more pipelines, for more dependency on fossil fuel is totally insane. amy: many of tuesday's actions targeted the offices of the u.s. army corps of engineers, which has so far refused to grant energy transfer partners the final permit to drill underneath the missouri river. in a joint statement by the army and the interior department released monday, the army announced -- "the army has determined that additional discussion and analysis are warranted in light
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of the history of the great sioux nation's dispossessions of lands." this is army veteran nicole goodwin. >> today, six members of the records against the war went to the office of the army corps of engineers in new york city asking them to stand down and stand for standing rock. water is life. the fact that this is happening to people around the world, it is a trady. when will it end? it must stop. amy: as actions against the dakota access pipeline swept the country and world tuesday, energy transfer partners filed a lawsuit in federal court in washington, d.c., seeking to "end the administration's political interference in the dakota access pipeline review process." in the court documents, energy transfer partners said the delays to the pipeline's completion have already cost the
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company nearly $100 million and that "further delay in the consideration of this case would add millions of dollars more each month in costs which cannot be recovered." we will have more on the dakota access pipeline later in the broadcast. meanwhile, in olympia, washington, protesters have set up an ongoing encampment called olympia stand to blockade trains carrying fracking materials from the port of olympia to the bakken shale in north dakota. the materials being transported by these trains are necessary to extract north dakota's fracked oil, which is then slated to be transported to refineries through the contested dakota access pipeline. the group olympia stand says the blockade is in solidarity with the resistance at standing rock. a new report by canadian environmental groups says annual government subsidies of $3.3 billion to oil and gas companies undermine canadian prime minister justin trudeau's plans to impose a price on carbon
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dioxide emissions by 2018. oil change international said -- "this system is like taxing consumers when they buy cigarettes while giving massive tax breaks to tobacco companies that encourage them to produce more cigarettes. it doesn't make sense." donald trump's transition team is reportedly in crisis following the firing of former michigan congressman mike rogers, who had been handling the team's national security affairs. lobbyist matthew freedman was also fired from the team. this comes after another shake up last week when trump fired new jersey governor chris christie as head of the transition team and replaced him with vice president elect mike pence. sources reportedly say the firings have been orchestrated by trump's son-in-law jared kushner. "the new york times" is also reporting world leaders are struggling to reach donald trump and are simply calling trump
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tower in efforts to reach him. "the times" reports that two of the first two calls trump took following tuesday's election were with egyptian president abdel fattah el-sisi and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. democrats are calling on donald trump to fire stephen bannon as his chief strategist. bannon is the head of the far-right wing breitbart media, which has been accused of being a haven for white nationalists. this is nevada senator harry reid speaking on the senate floor tuesday. >> champion what's from assist them a step away from the oval office. what message does trump's into the young girl who woke up wednesday morning in rhode ofand, afraid to be a woman color in america? it is not a message of healing. if trump is serious about seeking unity, the first thing you should do is rescind his appointment of steve annan. rescind it. do not do it. think about this. don't do it.
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amy: house republicans donned red "make america great again" hats tuesday on capitol hill as they announced wisconsin congressman paul ryan would -- will remain house speaker. his re-nomination was unanimous, despite fears he would be ousted for not more fully supporting donald trump on the campaign trail. ryan never unendorsed trump, but did say he wouldn't campaign for him following the surfacing of a 2005 video in which trump openly brags about sexually assaulting women. los angeles police chief charlie beck has said he will not work with the department of homeland security to carry out president-elect donald trump's proposed mass deportation policies. in a "60 minutes" interview aired on trump vowed to deport sunday, up to 3 million people. in response, chief charlie beck said -- "if the federal government takes a more aggressive role on deportation, then they'll have to do that on their own."
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trump's recent promise to deport up to 3 million people comes after president obama's administration has already deported more than 2.5 million people between 2009 and 2015 -- more than any other administration in u.s. history. in new york city, hundreds of residents have successfully organized to drop trump's name from three apartment buildings on the upper west side of manhattan. his name, which is currently spelled out in big gold letters on the buildings, will be removed next week after hundreds of tenants signed on to a "dump the trump name" petition. the buildings are owned by equity residential, but trump had previously been involved financially in those buildings. physicians for human rights says at least four separate hospitals in syria have been bombed since sunday. the group says the airstrikes across northern syria were carried out by either russian or syrian government warplanes. this comes as the syrian
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government has launched a new bombing campaign against rebel-held eastern aleppo, and russian troops have announced a new offensive against syrian rebels. imprisoned army whistleblower chelsea manning is petitioning president obama to grant her clemency before he leaves office. manning is serving a 35-year sentence in the disciplinary barracks in fort leavenworth, kansas, after being convicted of passing hundreds of thousands of documents to wikileaks. she has been subjected to long stretches of solitary confinement and for years was denied gender-affirming surgery. and in denver, colorado, a jury has ruled not guilty in the retrial of clarence moses-el, an african-american man who was convicted of rape in 1987 after a woman said she dreamed he was the man who raped and beat her in the dark. moses-el has always maintained his innocence. in 2012, another man confessed to the attack. moses-el was freed in 2015 after
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more than 28 years in prison. this fall, prosecutors decided to retry moses-el, despite the other man's confession. on monday, a jury found him not guilty. this is moses el speaking on democracy now! about seeing his grandchildren for the very first time after he was released from prison last year. >> when i was arrested for this youngest987, my grandson that i believe the camera showed him the day i came out, that was the size and age of my son anthony. for.s three going on so to see my grandchildren, it was just overwhelming to know that my son had grown up into an .dult and now he have children
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and to see those children, it was just mind-boggling. i felt good about it, but it was mind boggling because i couldn't really believe it that i got grandkids. amy: to see our full interview with clarence moses-el, who has now been fully vindicated, go to democracynow.org. and those are some of the headlines. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman broadcasting from marrakesh, morocco, the site of the u.n. climate summit or cop22, the conference of the parties. thousands of protesters gathered across the united states tuesday for a global day of action against the dakota access pipeline. protests were held in over 300 cities. in new york, dozens were arrested when protesters staged a sit-in outside the u.s. army corps of engineers' office. another 25 people were arrested in north dakota. protesters also rallied outside the white house where senator
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bernie sanders made a surprise appearance and addressed the protesters. mr. sanders: the issues are very clear. for hundreds of years, the native american people in our country -- the first americans -- have been lied to, have been cheated, and their sovereign rights have been denied them. and today, we are saying it is approach to the native american people, not to run a pipeline through their land. [cheers] and we are demanding that sovereign rights of the native american people the on it enters -- be honored and respected. issue that we are here for this night is to
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understand that in the midst of a major water crisis in a growing crisis in our country and around the world, we are not going to allow a pipeline to endanger the clean water that millions of people depend upon. [cheers] and the third issue is that everybody here understands that ,ot only is climate change real not only is it caused by human behavior, but it is already causing devastating problems in our country and all over this world.
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insane and future generations will look back on us now and say, what in god's name were you doing? our job now is to break our dependency on fossil fuel. [cheers] moveob now is to aggressively to energy efficiency and sustainable energies like wind and solar and geothermal. that at this moment in history with the scientific community is crystal-clear that we need to transform our energy system, that if this moment we have the fossil fuel industry pushing for more pipelines come up for more dependency on fossil
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fuel is totally insane. so we say to president obama in any and every way you can, stop the pipeline. [cheers] till the army corps of engineers that we know -- we don't need any more studies to know that in the midst of a great crisis, a global crisis with regard to climate change, every environment will study will tell you, do not build this pipeline. and if there are other approaches such as declaring standing rock a federal monument, let's do that.
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i don't have to tell anybody here that we have a new president coming in. [boos] wants this country to become more dependent on fossil fuel. endangering -- endangering the lives of our children and our grandchildren and future generations. what we have got to tell mr. trump and everybody else, we are not going silently into the night. [cheers] high for thee too future of this planet. we are going to be smart. we're going to educate. we are going to organize. we're going to bring tens of millions of people, moms and dads and their kids -- [cheers] together.
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together to tell the fossil fuel industry that their short-term profits are not more important than the future of our planet. amy: that is senator bernie sanders speaking last night outside the white house in washington, d.c. special thanks to chris belcher. as actions against the dakota access pipeline swept country and world tuesday, the company behind the pipeline, energy transfer partners, filed a lawsuit in federal court in washington, d.c., sticking to "envy to -- "in the of ministrations involvement." after the break, we will speak with economist jeffrey sachs, longtime advisor to bernie sanders. stay with us. ♪ [music break]
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amy: this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we are at the united nations climate summit in marrakesh, morocco. french president francois hollande has president-elect donald trump to respect the 2015 paris climate accords, saying the deal is irreversible. trump is a longtime climate change denier, who has described global warming as a chinese hoax. he has threatened to pull the united states out of the paris deal. president hollande addssed the plenary here in marrakesh on tuesday. >> the agreement was historic. what we have to say here is this agreement is irreversible. it is your reversible in law.
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it came into force on november 4, more than 100 states accounting for two thirds of greenhouse ask emissions ratified- greenhouse gas emissions ratified. states, the largest economic power in the world, the cond-largt greenhouse gas emitter, must respect the commitments they have undertaken. amy: that was french president francois hollande speaking at the climate talks in marrakesh. as we broadcast secretary of , state john kerry is now addressing the summit. donald trump's threat to pull out of the paris climate accord has jolted the u.n. talks. earlier in the week, the u.s. special envoy on climate change, jonathan pershing, revealed that no one from trump's transition team has reached out to him to discuss u.s. climate policy. this all comes as the world meteorological organization is projecting 2016 to be the
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warmest on record, smashing last years record. we're joined now by the economist jeffrey sachs, director of the earth institute at columbia university. served as an advisor to bernie sanders in his presidential campaign. welcome to democracy now! here in marrakesh. >> great to be with you and here. amy: talk about what it means to be in morocco at the u.n. climate summit. it seems like every third word out of people's mouths is donald trump. talk about his election and what it means for the issue of climate change. >> first, there 196 signatories of this paris agreement. they are here. 195 of them have no doubt that continuing forward. one plays with the 4.4% of the worlds population, our country, suddenly is saying, well, we don't know. but i think for the vast majority of the world, while byy are worried and dismayed
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the words coming out of washington and out of the team of the president-elect, there is a very clear determination that everything is going to move forward. and when i sit in the technical sessions here, there is no doubt that we have already passed the tipping point to a low carbon economy. things are moving. the technologies are moving. the innovations i'm's ring this week -- i am seeing this week a tremendous scientific innovators is phenomenal. they could try to go the other way, but they are not going to succeed. andould be quite a battle our country. amy: do you see the election of -- do you sees his election for sure meaning he will become president of the united states? let's put it that way. >> i do. yes.
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amy: and here you have hillary clinton, maybe she will have close to 2 million votes more than donald trump, more than nixon in his victory, kennedy and his victory, certainly more than a l gore and the difference between al gore who surpassed george w. bush in 2000. given that, what will happen now. you see mastercard to in the streets all over the country -- you see mass protests in the streets all over the country. donald trump has are ready fired two of his top advisers. his son-in-law seems to be in charge. they fired chris christie, who was a prosecutor who put jeered kushner's father in jail. your thoughts? trump goes innald the way that the rhetoric, his rhetoric and others around him
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have per trade, we're going to have a role in the united states politically. everything will be tied up in tremendous political conflict. for instance, climate change. bernie sanders is absolutely right, tens of millions of people will rally not to have the earth wrecked. i'm not convinced it is all going to be the worst. we will see. amy: why not? >> it just may not be because it would be the end of his effectiveness as president right at the beginning. a $1ys he wants to have trillion infrastructure plan. i support that idea. we desperately need to build infrastructure. if he's going to build the kind of infrastructure like pipelines that are never going to be used in the future, that are going to bankrupt the investors that are going across the taxpayers tens or hundreds of billions of dollars, it is not been a happen. if he says ok, we will build march but we are going to build, then something could happen. -- herump has made no
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promised to cut epa regulations 70% to 80%. >> i don't want to defend the guy, i just want to take, let's be ready to defend the right things, which is the climate change agreement, our need to move off of fossil fuels, our need to protect the natural environment, to protect vba functions. of course we should be ready to and fullyly active engaged in that. all i am saying is maybe the worst isn't going to happen and he will see beforehand not to wreck his presidency from the start by going in a direction that is opposed by the entire rest of the world. amy: your thoughts on the person he has put in charge of the epa -- >> transition. amy: working group. transition team. he as been described as the number one enemy to the climate change community. his bio highlights he has been
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-- he is not a scientist himself, but completely denies the science. he is proud of the support he has gotten over the years by the oil interest. >> we will see the names like him forward. some are frightening. i think they are put on a list just to ruin our day. but i think we will see who the names are. that guy would be a disaster at epa, but he is not hitting the epa or been proposed for it. up until now, he is heading a team that supposedly is picking the new name. i am only saying that we should be ready for absolutely defending -- amy: what does that mean, that kind of organizing? for example, donald trump says he is pulling out of the paris agreement. what is the need to resist it? >> legally he cannot and politically it would be a disaster and diplomatically would be a disaster.
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the whole world would put the u.s. as a pariah. what it means for me, first of all, terrible names are proposed, i expect the democrats to filibuster. plain and simple. we cannot let people that are going to wreck the country, wrecked the future into office just because somebody is named. we know that democrat have a lot of power if they choose to use it. i expect bernie sanders and elizabeth warren and other progressive leaders to be saying we're not going to let our country get wrecked. that is what politics is. amy: we are talking to jeffrey sachs, leading economist, director of the earth institute at columbia university. you are still bernie sanders advisor to the presidential campaign and now. what do you see his bernie sanders role? we just watched them standing outside the white house giving this speech. >> is a political and thought leader for tens of millions of americans.
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i think he is speaking the truth to the public, and that is what the public resonated. we also know he would have the donald trump annalee had he been in the general elections versus trump. he is a very, very important figure in america. when he speaks, people are listening because he is wreaking the truth. amy: i want to turn to a clip, a federal judge in eugene, oregon has just ruled that 21 young americans can proceed to trial in a suit against the obama administration. the suit alleges that the government has not about climate change for decades, but failed to address it, denying these children and teenagers their right to a safe future. spokeear, democracy now! to a 15-year-old seattle resident and a member of earth aardians rising youth for
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sustainable use. he is one of the plaintiffs in the landmark lawsuit filed by our children's trust. >> what concerns me most about it ise change is, i mean, a very hard thing because we have to imagine the future and we know, like, if we don't act on current change, the world is not going to and in a flash and bang, but will end up happening is either my generation will feel the affects where we have to fight for survival. life will be very different. we will not be as privileged to live on earth. it will be a lot harder. it also you think about we're putting generations that have not been born yet and generations to come in the position where they have to deal with that. that is not a position anybody should be put in and it is not fair. this a moral, logical thing. tell us about the
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children's suit and what this means to go forward. >> this is extraordinarily important case because these plaintiffs have alleged their fundamental due process rights have been violated by the failure of the u.s. government to have a proper climate plan that will keep them safe. and if the united states government is not exercising its most fundamental public trust functions. while the government then made a motion to dismiss this case, the judge said, not so fast. there are real crucial issues that have been raised here. this has to go to trial. this is a marvelous step forward. the fact of the matter is, what is the business of president obama's department of justice defending such a claim? it should be chain -- standing with the children and saying, you are right. we need a plan. in fact, they should be saying,
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we're putting forward a plan and we want to see it under court supervision. this is the agreement that should now be reached with these plaintiffs. amy: here in africa where we are at climate being held in north africa -- cop22 in north africa, some say it is not a priority. on tuesday, we spoke to the director of health of mother earth foundation in nigeria. he said "this is cop22. for us it is like catch-22 because either direction, africa is going to lose. the rich countries are forcing the process to go in the direction of polluters continuing to pollute without stopping pollution. and if they continue to pollute, no matter how much money people make from carbon offsetting like reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation and all the other marks of marketed environmentalism, it is not going to add up to actually reducing the amount of carbon in the atmosphere which means the temperature is going to rise." your response? >> i don't think that is quite right because africa has a phenomenal amount of zero carbon
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renewable energy. the best sunshine in the world stretches across countries like chad and niger that desperately need electrification. here you have the grace on your energy potential, tremendous hydroelectric power potential that should be tapped and can be cap safely. -- tapped safely. there are wonderful opportunities. i have been and seminars all we discussing practically how africa can move forward and electrify the rural area through micro-grids. i was just in a workshop on that. i think there is a lot of excitement. of course, nigeria is an oil country that has been spoiled by oil will stop and by the massive pollution in the niger delta. one of the things that needs to happen in a country like nigeria is a cleanup and shall needs to take responsibility -- shell needs to take responsibility for
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it is stored role in that. amy: jeffrey sachs, thank you for being with us. any final comments as you head off to the final days of the summit, what you want to see happen and what you want to see when you return to the united states? >> the world is moving forward. the technology is moving forward. decarbonization is having ford. when i'm home, i'm going to make that clear. when i talk to people across the united states, people may have to be out in the street if he tries to pull out of the paris climate agreement. i think it will be the biggest political issue of our time if he tries to pull such a stunt. it would be the worst mistake at the start of a presidency -- i think it would basically end the agenda of the presidency. amy: and finally, your message to the democratic party? >> my message is, stand up. come on. this is your moment to defend the basic propositions and basic values. if names are put for that are outrageous -- and a lot of
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outrageous things 7'4" -- you have to act to stop that and i'm expecting that. amy: you are continually told like many bernie sanders supporters to step back, support the unity. that is what would be a little take on donald trump. to fill the democratic party made a terrible decision squelching defense? do think bernie sanders good of being donald trump? >> bernie sanders absolutely would have been donald trump. i don't think there is any doubt about that. that is what recent surveys have shown. amy: because? >> because he has the trust of the american people. and he still does, and that is why his voice is so important. amy: what do you think they establishment of the democratic already from a person -- a candidate like bernie sanders in the future, needs to learn? do you feel the democratic party handed the country to donald trump? >> i think the democratic party handed itself to wall street far too much in the last generation.
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we need a democratic party that is speaking the truth like bernie. we need keith ellison at the dnc. we need the leaders that are ready to take on the real battles. amy: whitey think keith ellison is important as the head of the dnc? >> he has been incredibly brave head of the incredibly brave -- progressive caucus, the democratic progressive caucus. congressional progressive caucus. let me at least get that right. he is been phenomenal in that role. the congressional progressive caucus has been phenomenal for the american people. they put out the people's budget. they have been the only ones telling the truth about fiscal policy. i am including the main street democrats in that. certainly, the republicans. at the congressional caucus has got it right. keith ellison is a wonderful, wonderful person.
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amy: thank you very much, jeffrey sachs, leading economist and the director of the earth in the two at columbia university. author of many books, including most recently "the age of sustainable development." his new article for the boston globe is headlined "donald trump , and the rebuilding of america." we will link to it. when we come back from break, we are going to look at the dakota access pipeline and energy transfers partner, the owner of the pipeline, suit against the obama administration. demanding the government get out of the way so they can build dapl. stay with us. ♪ [music break]
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amy: boko america's express those quote by crosby's, still, nash. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we are broadcasting from the cop22 in marrakesh, morocco. actions have an held in hundreds of cities worldwide tuesday to protest the $3.8 billion dakota
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access pipeline which would carry crude from the bakken oilfields of north dakota, through south dakota, iowa and illinois. the project has faced months of resistance from the standing rock sioux tribe, representatives of more than 200 indigenous nations from across the americas, as well as thousands of non-native allies -- all fearing a pipeline spill could contaminate the missouri river, the drinking source for millions of people. the ongoing encampment in north dakota is the largest gathering of native americans in decades. in mandan, north dakota, at least 25 people were arrested as hundreds blockaded a highway and access to one of the pipeline company's construction yards. the water protectors at the protest was in honor of women who have been the victims of violence and kidnapping in north dakota's male-dominated oilfields. november 15 is the national day of women. it is very important we stand together on this issue, not only for our earth, but our children
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and our children's children. if we keep extracting our resources like we are doing now, there's not going to be anything left for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. that is not the native way. our indigenous ways are to protect the earth so we have something for our children. amy: massive rallies were held francisco,les, san and in washington, d.c. >> let me warm up. i am from the blackfeet nation. i have been in standing rock since august. and everybody asks me, what is it like to be out there? it is hard. it is cold. it is waking up cold. it is going to sleep cold.
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it is not sleeping. they have drones over our camps. 24 hour surveillance. bugs in our tens. informants in our meetings. us day and day and day, night after night after after being inht handcuffs over and over and over , i know they will not stop .ecause we are not afraid amy: many of tuesday's actions targeted the offices of the u.s. army corps of engineers, which has so far refused to grant energy transfer partners the final permit to drill underneath the missouri river.
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in a joint statement by the army and the interior department released monday, the army announced -- "the army has determined that additional discussion and analysis are warranted in light of the history of the great sioux nation's dispossessions of lands." this is army veteran nicole goodwin. iraqday, six members of veterans against the war went to the office of the army corps of engineers in new york city asking them to stand down and stand for standing rock. water is life. and the fact this is happening to people around the world is a tragedy. when will it end? it must stop. amy: as actions against the dakota access pipeline swept the country and world tuesday, energy transfer partners, which owns the pipeline filed a , lawsuit in federal court in washington, d.c. seeking to "end the administration's political interference in the dakota
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access pipeline review process." the company seeking to have the court order that energy transfer partners already has the right to build the dakota access pipeline without any further actions or permits from the army corps of engineers. in the court documents, energy transfer partners said the delays to the pipeline's completion of already cost nearly $100 million. for more, we are joined by two guests. in new york, tara houska, national campaigns director for honor the earth. she is ojibwe from couchiching first nation. we last saw her when we were in north dakota. and here in marrakech is kevin hart, the assembly of first nations regional chief of manitoba. we saw him labor day weekend in north dakota. we welcome you both to democracy now! begin with you.
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you're in new york. you were leaving one of the protest yesterday in new york against the dakota access pipeline. this is breaking news as of yesterday that energy transfer partners, the company of kelce to stopommittee seeking the obama administration from what he calls interfering with the building of the pipeline. they are saying they already have the right to build under the missouri river. can you respond to this suit? >> first of all, clean drinking water is not a political issue. it is a human right that we should all have in the united states of america and the rest of the world. to say that this is some type of interference, political interference, miscalculates what drinking water really is. this company proceeded to build a pipeline without having to permit under the river.
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they actually admitted in federal court, stated they thought it was just a formality. the judge said, it is not a formality now, is it? these companies have been acting needing to sense of follow the law, needing to follow this permitting process, and just acting like everything is going to be green lit and their interests, for those of the american people, including doing and fire metal impact statement -- environmental impact statement. if it is so safe, then do an environmental impact statement. amy: explain that. what would number metal and texting and involved and why hasn't one been done? is this what the company's most afraid of? ofit is a stringent level environmental review, the highest level of review the federal government can put on a project, which it should on a project of this size. fractale pipeline of
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will going through multiple water crossings, sacred sites, all of these different things that the standing rock sioux tribe is so concerned about and all of the people will come to support standing rock or so concerned about. it is a level of review that would require cumulative impacts to be considered. what is it going to do to the environment and for the public health? where are these sacred sites? is it going to impact so many different things along the actual construction and an operation of this line? instead, the company used nationwide permit 12 and segments of the pipeline into little bitty pieces and did environmental assessment on these. the lowest level of review. it is for something of a small-scale structure like a boat ramp. that is how they treated a pipeline come a fractal oil pipeline. it is madness. something the company wants because they can get their project through faster and they know an environmental impact
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statement, if it was done, this project would never be approved. demandingare you right now president obama? i mean, they have not granted the permit for the pipeline underneath the missouri, but you are not just concerned about president-elect trump am a do you want obama to do? he is still in power for two months. >> president obama has visited the standing rock sioux reservation and knows these people, has held these children, understands native america. he is been out there and knows the issues that face our communities. poverty. all of these different continued situations of native people living in the united states that are treated differently, have less than an are treated as less than. for this project to be happening, the largest gathering of native americans, in coming together of hundreds of indigenous nations because we
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know how the field in our own communities -- for him not to respond to this and say things like, we are to let it play out over the next several weeks when native american men, women, and children are beingmaced and shot with rubber bullets and arrested. i just got arrested on friday. being zipped tight and thrown into a dog kennel for six hours is not something that should be happening in this country. it should not be overlooked and let to play out over several weeks. it is a shameful moment for the united states. understand want to what you just said. what happened to you on friday? where were you and where were you put? >> i was arrested for criminal trespass as i was leaving a peaceful demonstration and getting into my car on a public road. usy arrested us and zip tied -- amy: in north dakota. >> and put in a dog kennel.
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amy: what do you mean a dog kennel? >> a large chain mill dog kennel for over six hours while they do not even asked a charge us with crimes. after that, i was strip searched and thrown into jail. finally, late that evening, was charged with a crime. which thisuation in is happening right now. native people are being hurt right now. and tasteng maced again yesterday. these things are happening. the administration needs to respond and say either no pipeline, which would be ideal, a win for everyone because clean drinking water is the future and something we should not even be considering putting at risk for an unnecessary and a needed project. an environmental impact statement. if this project is so safe, do one. the company does not want to go through the process because it knows the pipeline is an eight and knows it would never meet those standards and this would
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never be allowed to happen. are anra houska, you attorney, an indigenous leader, have spent a lot of time at the standing rock resistant scam. you were the indigenous advisor for bernie sanders. we just played this speech he gave outside the white house demanding that president obama denied a permit for the dakota access pipeline. your thoughts on where the this movement goes now. >> working for bernie sanders privileget honor and to be in a role on his campaign and to contribute to that, but also disagrees mobilization and the power of the people. millions and millions of people voted for senator sanders. again, this is -- the dakota access pipeline resistance is millions of people around the world coming together and trying project, butsingle also to make a stand about the
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relationship of people of fossil fuels,. indigenous rights, that all of these issues. seeing that and these marches against donald trump and the power that is within organizing and the power that is within were elections, there some successes. there were several women of color and people that have never been represented in office before. you know, we have the power to change the conversation come to change the narrative. our social justice, environmental justice, all of these different movements coming together and realizing we need to stand together and change the conversation. amy: the head of energy transfer saiders, kelce warren, has he is 100% confident that trump will the completion of the dakota access pipeline. warren donated more than $100,000 to trump's campaign, 500,000ump has between
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dollars and $1 million invested in energy transfer partners. once he tes over january 20, what are the prospects? >> 100% the easement gets granted and the pipeline gets built. >> have you spoken a donald trump about the pipeline? >> i've never met him. >> but he is invested in you and you are invested in him. >> well, i wish him well. amy: your response, tara houska, to kelce warren who runs the cherokee creek music festival in texas, a fan of jackson browne who is singing a big event thanksgiving day we can in support of the standing rock sioux tribe on the reservation in north dakota. , the ceo of energy transfer partners. >> that is a perfect example of the influx and relationship of big oil to our current congressional system, to the
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government, to our elected offices. i mean, these people have never even met, as he said, yet he knows because -- he knows because of donald trump's attitudes and because of the administration he plans to bring in, his current energy advisor is also someone directly invested in dakota access pipeline. basically, a green light. they're going to slam these projects through and it doesn't matter if the people, the local people resist, if the local people say no. in their minds, these projects matter more than the people. these profit margins matter more than human beings. amy: tara houska, i want to bring in our other guest today. tara houska is with honor the earth, has been a long time now with the standing rock reservation in support of the resistance. kevin hart is here with us in marrakesh, morocco. he is with the assembly of first nations regional chief of
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canada., i last saw him on labor day weekend in north dakota at the resistance camp. this is an astonishing gathering of members of over 201st nations and tribes from across the americas. why do you think, kevin hart, this is so important, this gathering that you came to as well? >> we know all too well that canada is the biggest exporter .f oil for myself as a leader from canada, it is very concerning that i have the portfolio of water in alternative energy. when i was sent down to the standing rock sioux nation as an observer, uni were on the ground and witnessed first-hand the violence that occurred to the women in the protectors on the ground. and leading up to that, we see
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the escalation of violence that is occurring on the ground at the standing rock sioux nation at the camp. amy: how historic is this gathering in native american history? >> well, the historic part of it is that we knew where the camp is situated, standing rock, the last time a large gathering and camp occurred at that spot was just before the little bighorn battle. amy: so you have gone from canada to standing rock do here in morocco. what are you demanding here? why are you in marrakesh? >> obviously, the climate change and the environment affects us all. indigenous peoples across the world, we can say that we contribute the least effects of the environment and climate change him and yet you can see we feel the full effect when it comes to climate change and the environment across mother earth.
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trump has said he wants to restore the permits for the keystone xl pipeline from outward a tar sands are bringing that dirty oil through the united states down to the gulf of mexico. what would this mean and what are you going to do about this? >> well, obviously, it is going to have a devastating effect on mother earth and especially the sacred source of water that we all talk about. it is one of our most sacred sources of life for our people according to the teachings that have been passed down. for us on the canadian side, what we call the medicine line because for us as native american people on both sides of the border, there has never been a border there, including with our brothers and sisters in mexico. it is a very know contentious issue when it comes to pipeline development across canada.
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you can see that north of the border in canada that first nation people and indigenous people as well as peoples from all walks of life, color, and creed are having great concerns when it comes to the future of pipeline development not only in canada, but the united states. it is concerning that we see president-elect trump indicating that he would take the keystone xl pipeline that was struck down by the obama administration and pledge to build that pipeline going down. i just have to say that myself as a manitoba regional chief, that pipeline should not be .oming through my region amy: regional chief kevin hart, thank you for being with us, the assembly of first nations regional chief of manitoba. and thank you to tara houska. we will be celebrating democracy decemberth anniversary
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