Green Candidate Calls Dakota Access ‘One of the Defining Climate Justice Fights’ in U.S.

In an op-ed published by The Hill on Thursday, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein said the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s fight to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline is a one of the reasons the Green Party needs to exist.

Stein said the fight to stop the pipeline is one of the “one of the defining climate justice fights” in the U.S., and the Obama administration’s decision to halt part of the pipeline temporarily pending a review is not a win for the tribe.

“Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline is ongoing at multiple sites just a few miles from the area noted in the non-binding joint statement. At these construction sites, the pipeline is being laid as fast as possible, while riot police threaten peaceful defenders and undertake mass arrests,” Stein wrote.

She went on to call out Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump for failing to support the tribe and pipeline protests. Stein and her running mate, Ajamu Baraka, visited the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s occupation last week. The Associated Press reported that court records show charges for misdemeanor counts of criminal trespassing and criminal mischief were filed against Stein and Baraka in connection to the protest.

“In addition to the arrest warrants recently issued for me, Ajamu Baraka, and Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman, authorities and police have been persecuting earth defenders under trumped up charges and false accusations,” Stein wrote. “These escalating circumstances of repression undermine our faith in the pronouncements from the Obama administration. Resistance to the pipeline must be stronger than ever, and we cannot relent.”

Stein also used the op-ed to tout her climate action plan, which includes transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030.

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