While Earth Day were taking place in London, here in Portland XR PDX planted the “Victory Over Fossil Fuels Garden” on the tracks at Zenith Energy, calling for the immediate halt to train shipments of Canadian tar sands oil through the City of Portland, and Multnomah County. In a letter to the Portland City Council, XRPDX members wrote,

“We do not have the mandate of having been elected, nor do we have a budget or a clear, formal mechanism for enforcing these changes. We do, however, have the mandate of enforcing a policy that is congruent with a dangerous physical reality, which you have not thus far evinced. At this point, in the context of a rapid deterioration of the physical predicates of life on earth, we no longer believe anyone who fails to take hasty measures to impact this trajectory has a meaningful claim to power.”

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