The Socialist Party USA congratulates those activists, organizers, and allies who have stood their ground at Standing Rock, which halted the construction of the pipeline.
But the fight still continues. As this statement is being read, Energy Transfer, Dakota Access Pipeline’s parent company, is looking for ways to continue with their project. From an ecosocialist perspective, this project is harming our planet and will also affect communities surrounding it. There are many reports of existing pipelines that have burst, and oil has spread into [neighboring] areas. Also, this project also does not produce any full employment; independent contractors are being brought in to work on the pipeline.
The pipeline is yet another example of how the United States relies on a market economy that does not fully consider the cost of lives and to our planet. Its only consideration is for those who profit from this project, including its investors.
Socialist Party USA encourages the people to stand alongside those at Standing Rock, and to develop local actions in solidarity. People can join the SPUSA to be involved in Commissions that organize these efforts, or join one of the many organizations that are involved in support of Standing Rock activists.
Keep Standing at Standing Rock!