Liberal actress Jane Fonda blames President Biden for not working “fast enough” to combat climate change and calls for him to shut down another oil pipeline.
“President Biden has done many, many good things, stopping Keystone XL, stopping the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling. He’s done a lot and we’re really grateful,” she said in an interview. “But the crisis is too severe to do a few good things here and then not do anything where bad stuff is happening.”
Fonda marched with protestors trying to halt construction of the Enbridge pipeline in Minnesota last week, and called on Biden to pull the permit from the Canadian company building it.
“We need him to stop this and stop all of the pipelines that Trump okayed as a lame-duck president. None of them are following the proper permit guidelines,” she continued. “It was rushed through. There wasn’t a proper… environmental impact study done.”
She claims the pipeline is destroying 200 bodies of pristine water by bringing “destructive tar sands” underneath it, and that it was threatening the sovereign rights of Native American tribal land.
Enbridge countered with a statement that the project is benefiting Native American communities by creating 5,200 family-sustaining construction jobs and millions in local spending and tax revenue. Fonda was not moved by the company’s response to the protests.
“This is what they do all over the world, the oil companies… They do their drilling and fracking in areas where people are economically depressed,” she remarked. “We are confronting an existential crisis. It’s not just the tribal nations here. It is the globe. We have to stop all new oil development. We cannot allow this to happen.”
She thinks Biden is taking the situation seriously, but the administration has to do more. “It’s nice to be hopeful again, and it’s much better to push a moderate than to fight a fascist, right?” She snarked about Trump. “[Biden’s] done a lot of very good things. But not enough. Not bold enough and not fast enough.”