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A day after the American Automobile Association released a report indicating gas prices have risen 40 percent since the beginning of the year, celebrities joined Democrat donors and climate activists urging President Joe Biden to slash an oil pipeline that would distribute 760,000 barrels per day.
Over 200 celebrities and Democratic donors signed a letter to the president Wednesday, which was first obtained by NBC News. The letter addresses the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline, which was greenlit during the Trump administration to carry oil from western Canada to Wisconsin.
“Your presidency is a watershed in human history, the last chance to turn the tide before climate disruption spirals out of control,” the signers wrote. “We worked hard for your election in part because you embraced that challenge as a defining strength of your candidacy. And we are encouraged and grateful that you clearly signaled your resolve by rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline on day 1. The ‘climate test’ for the KXL decision was clear and compelling. We ask you to apply it now to the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline.”
The letter comes a month after the Biden administration indicated in a court filing it will not cancel the pipeline’s permit. Celebrities who joined the initiative include Katy Perry, Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer, Bon Iver, Ed Helms, Jane Fonda, Rosanna Arquette, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Mark Ruffalo.
In a statement to NBC News, Ruffalo said, “We will be judged, you and I, for how we resolve the cascading crises of our era.”
On his 1st day in office @POTUS put an end to #KXL but he can’t stop there. Line 3, a tar sands pipeline on the same scale as KXL, is an attack on clean water, our climate & Indigenous rights. Read our letter to the White House demanding they #StopLine3 ➡ https://t.co/36JE5jg35G pic.twitter.com/DnGPSk8ura
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) July 7, 2021
Fonda tweeted she was “sickened and deeply disappointed” by the White House’s action to not revoke permits for the pipeline.
I am sickened and deeply disappointed that President Biden has given the go-ahead to Enbridge Line 3 in Minnesota. This belies his promises on the campaign trail to follow science and stop new fossil fuel development and cut our carbon emissions in half by 2030. pic.twitter.com/u3gZUqlEtW
— Jane Seymour Fonda (@Janefonda) June 27, 2021
Meanwhile, people are paying an average of $3.11 per gallon for a tank of gas, whereas the Jan. 1 average was $2.25 per gallon. Crude oil prices have risen to their highest level in six years this week, with Brent Crude up 45 percent and WTI Crude up 50 percent since the beginning of the year.
“We’re working on it,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters prior to July 4 upon being asked about the surging prices.
“So I would say first, Mike, that the president wants Americans to have access to affordable and reliable energy, including at the pump,” Psaki said. “And so that’s why our team is constantly monitoring gas prices and directly communicating with OPEC parties to get to a deal and allow proposed production increases to move forward.”