Biden must keep his promise to stop DAPL expansion

Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 1:30 pm CT
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Biden must keep his promise to stop DAPL expansion
As the President shuts down Keystone, Iowans remind him of his opposition to DAPL

Des Moines, Iowa — Leading up to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses, Joe Biden told Bold Iowa climate activists on several occasions that he opposed the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). (View the record of Bold Iowa’s interactions with Biden on ten occasions.)


Bold Iowa activists greet Joe Biden with “Climate is a Crisis” signs at his kick-off rally in Des Moines, Iowa, May 1, 2019

On August 20, 2019, Bold Iowa’s Kathy Byrnes asks Biden to speak out against DAPL. He responds, saying, “I opposed it to begin with.” (Watch that exchange here.)

On November 11, 2019, Byrnes and Bold Iowa director, Ed Fallon, ask Biden if he’d issue a statement against doubling the flow of oil through DAPL. After telling Fallon, “All you Iowans are a pain in the neck,” Biden says: “Take my word. I’ve never broken my word. I’ve been opposed to the pipeline to begin with.” (Watch that exchange here.)

“Given President Biden’s clear and strong statements in opposition to DAPL, he needs to step in immediately and prevent the proposed expansion,” said Fallon. “He gave us his word.”

Bold Iowa was founded in 2015 to build rural-urban coalitions to (1) fight climate change, (2) prevent the abuse of eminent domain, (3) protect Iowa’s soil, air, and water, (4) defend the rights of farmers, landowners, and Indigenous communities, and (5) promote non-industrial renewable energy. In 2019-2020, over 200 Iowans joined Bold Iowa’s Climate Bird Dogs to lobby presidential candidates on climate change and related concerns, including DAPL.