Jane Fonda demands that the Biden administration act “bravely” on climate change and warns it is not acting fast enough to prevent a catastrophic crisis.
The Hollywood A lister and lifelong activist joined CNN on Tuesday, a day after he marched with indigenous protesters to stop the construction of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline.
She calls on Joe Biden to end Trump’s pipeline projects, including halting construction of the Enbridge pipeline in Minnesota.
“We need him to stop this and stop all the pipelines that Trump approved as a crippled president, none of them are following proper licensing guidelines,” said the 83-year-old Grace and Frankie star.
The pipeline project has been approved by the Trump administration, but President Biden has not taken a position on the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline.
Fonda added she was “grateful” to Biden for canceling the Keystone XL pipeline permit and suspending oil drilling at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but urged him to do more.
“He’s done a lot of good things. But not enough. Not bold enough. And not fast enough.’
“We have to compete against the clock,” she added. “The scientists say we have less than nine years to halve our emissions. Line 3 goes in the opposite direction, and the news tells us every day that emissions are rising, not falling. So we have to put our bodies on the line and do everything we can to stop our administration from these permits.’
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83-year-old actress and activist Jane Fonda (pictured) is pressuring the Biden government to be “brave” against the “existential crisis” of climate change, starting with the Enbridge pipeline
Fonda (right) joined CNN’s Brianna Keilar (left) on Tuesday, a day after she marched with Indigenous protesters to stop the construction of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline
Fonda said she is encouraging protesters to use her method of “raising the ruckus” to get the Biden government’s attention to “create pressure” for bolder action.
The oil pipeline is being built by Canadian-based energy infrastructure company Enbridge and would run from Canada through the wetlands and forests of northern Minnesota.
The company released a statement following Monday’s protest condemning the “destruction” by protesters.
‘The destruction wrought by protesters today is disheartening’ statement read. “We respect everyone’s right to protest peacefully and lawfully, but trespass, intimidation and destruction are unacceptable.”
Enbridge also added that they employ indigenous workers and give back to the community.
“More than 500 native workers are part of Line 3’s workforce,” the statement said. “The project is already delivering significant economic benefits to counties, small businesses, Native American communities and union members, including the creation of 5,200 family support construction jobs and millions of dollars in local spending and tax revenue.”
Fonda, a lifelong activist, stood next to Native protesters trying to stop the construction of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota
Fonda said Enbridge is using the well-known tactic to “buy off” the community, but that the climate crisis is bigger than any community, it’s a global problem.
“They do this all over the world,” she sneered. “The oil companies drill and fracking in economically depressed areas and then they create childcare centers and recreation parks and build schools and try to buy them off. But again, we are facing an existential crisis. it’s not just the tribal nations here, it’s the whole world. We must stop all development of new oil. We can’t let this happen.’
Protesters claim the pipeline could exacerbate climate change and risk leakage in sensitive areas where Native Americans harvest wild rice, hunt, fish, gather medicinal plants and claim treaty rights, the Associated Press reported.
Fonda said the pipeline is bringing us closer to the “existential catastrophe” of climate change and going against the advice of scientists who say we should cut emissions in half.
“It’s putting very destructive tar sands under 200 bodies of pristine water, but look at the big picture — we’re headed for a real catastrophe, an existential catastrophe, namely the climate crisis,” she told the CNN host. “Climate scientists everywhere are telling us that we need to halve our emissions and that we absolutely cannot have any new development of fossil fuels. No new mining. No new fracking. No new drilling if we want to achieve this.
Protesters call on Biden administration to ask Army Corps of Engineers to halt pipeline construction
Fonda said she is encouraging protesters to use her method of “raising the ruckus” to get the Biden government’s attention to “create pressure” for bolder action
‘We have to keep warming it 1.5 degrees Celsius. No higher than that. We can’t even burn what we’re already developing, let alone new, so this pipeline threatens what science says. It threatens the climate crisis. This is going to affect everyone. Not just the tribal nations whose sovereign rights are being violated here in Minnesota, but the whole world. We can’t afford this.’
Fonda specifically called on the Biden administration to ask the Army Corps of Engineers to halt construction on the pipeline and re-examine Enbridge’s permit, which it said was “quite rushed.”
While she was critical of the president, she also acknowledged his small steps “He’s done a lot and was very grateful,” but said the climate crisis is too serious to do just a few good things.
When asked if Biden’s lack of bold action has caused her to regret her vote, she joked that she’d much rather push the current president than “fascist” former President Trump.
“Well, it’s nice to be hopeful again, and it’s much better to pressure a moderate than to fight a fascist, right?” said Fonda.
Jane was arrested by US Capitol Officers in November 2020 during a ‘Fire Drill Fridays’ climate change protest in Washington DC
It was the fourth time she had been arrested for protesting climate change, with the Julia star admitting that the conditions in her cell “were not right for old bones like mine on a metal plate.”