The president has a superpower he uses only when he absolutely has to. He just had to.

A lot of people have been working very hard for this moment.


The POTUS put his foot down and gave a big NO to Keystone XL.

Specifically, he vetoed legislation that would build a 1,179-mile pipeline to move 800,000 barrels per day of heavy petroleum from the tar sands of Alberta to ports and refineries on the Gulf Coast. (That would be the green line on the map.)


The president says he used the veto because of lack of "consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest — including our security, safety, and environment."

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi put it this way:

Um, what? You're dang right this is about our communities' security and safety! It's about the future of the planet!

If these two statements sound like kind of lukewarm opposition to the pipeline, you're right. Yeah.

The president hasn't really made his final position clear; he's said only that he refuses to be rushed into a decision.

In the past, he's given environmentalists serious whiplash with mixed messages, like when he said "NO drilling in Alaska" and at just about the same time said, "Drill, baby, drill — on the Atlantic Coast."

People fighting for and against the pipeline really see Keystone XL as symbolic: Build it and you are staying the course with fossil fuels.

You know, ignoring climate change and polluting oceans, land, and rivers with spilled oil: the usual stuff.

But with a veto, people are hoping the president is making a decision to reject the "big oil" status quo and seriously commit to alternative energy realities.



In Scotland in 2014, renewables like wind power overtook nuclear, coal, and gas as the main source of energy supply. Yay, Scotland!

Bottom line:

If you agree we ought to be turning away from fossil fuels, this is good news!

Go ahead, dance!

But also, share this post. Tell other people we gotta keep up the pressure. We don't need Keystone XL!

The whole world's security and safety depend on us choosing a new, climate-friendly way forward.

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Davina Agudelo was born in Miami, Florida, but she grew up in Medellín, Colombia.

"I am so grateful for my upbringing in Colombia, surrounded by mountains and mango trees, and for my Colombian family," Agudelo says. "Colombia is the place where I learned what's truly essential in life." It's also where she found her passion for the arts.

While she was growing up, Colombia was going through a violent drug war, and Agudelo turned to literature, theater, singing, and creative writing as a refuge. "Journaling became a sacred practice, where I could leave on the page my dreams & longings as well as my joy and sadness," she says. "During those years, poetry came to me naturally. My grandfather was a poet and though I never met him, maybe there is a little bit of his love for poetry within me."

In 1998, when she left her home and everyone she loved and moved to California, the arts continued to be her solace and comfort. She got her bachelor's degree in theater arts before getting certified in journalism at UCLA. It was there she realized the need to create a media platform that highlighted the positive contributions of LatinX in the US.

"I know the power that storytelling and writing our own stories have and how creative writing can aid us in our own transformation."

In 2012, she started Alegría Magazine and it was a great success. Later, she refurbished a van into a mobile bookstore to celebrate Latin American and LatinX indie authors and poets, while also encouraging children's reading and writing in low-income communities across Southern California.

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Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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