SAVE the Bees Petition

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Our bees are in the midst of a crisis — their populations are collapsing,

and we need to take action.


A long and growing list of threats are driving bee deaths, from a warming
climate to shrinking habitats — and the summer of 2019 was the single
worst one for bees on record.1 But researchers are particularly concerned
about one bee killer: Neonicotinoid pesticides, also known as neonics.


Saving the bees means stopping the worst uses of these bee-killing
pesticides. Tell your governor to take action.


Pollinators are vital to the health of our ecosystems. Bees of all kinds —
from the familiar honeybee to America’s thousands of wild species —
are nature’s best.2


They’re truly incredible creatures: Wherever they thrive, the web of life
is stronger, broader and more colorful. And we’re losing them by the millions.


The European Union, Canada and four U.S. states have already passed
restrictions on neonics. There’s a reason for that: In the two decades
that we’ve been using them on our crops, gardens and parks, they’v
been strongly linked with bee colony collapse.


When bees ingest these chemicals through treated plants, their
immune systems are weakened and their ability to navigate home
to their hives is hampered. Neonics even harm the brain development
of baby bees.3,4


There’s a lot that we need to do to save the bees, including expanding
and protecting bee habitat and making our farming practices less toxic.
One of the best steps we can take right now? Tell your governor:
Ban the worst uses of neonic pesticides
in your state.


To secure a future for the bees, we need to plant bee-friendly plants and
protect more habitat so wild bees can thrive, move American agriculture
in a more sustainable direction, and keep harmful pesticides away from
the places where bees should be safest of all: wildlife refuges.


Your state can take a great first step toward that vision by banning the worst
uses of neonic pesticides. Uses like selling neonics to consumers for their
lawns and gardens, and pre-treated seeds (which make the plants that grow
from them toxic to bees without spraying), are the ones we should dispense
with first.


With your help, we can make sure bees never have a summer as bad as 2019’s
again. Take action.


Thanks for making it all possible,


Wendy Wendlandt
Acting President

1. “US beekeepers reported lower winter losses but abnormally high summer losses,” ScienceDaily, June 22, 2020.
2. “Native plants and ecosystem services: Pollination,” Michigan State
University Department of Entomology, accessed September 21, 2020.
3. Lauren Aratani, “Pesticide widely used in US particularly harmful to
bees, study finds
,” The Guardian, August 6, 2019.
4. “US beekeepers reported lower winter losses but abnormally high
summer losses
,” ScienceDaily, June 22, 2020.

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Message from Native Americans & Coronavirus Threat


Sign the petition

Add your name for petition delivery to Montana Gov. Bullock (tomorrow), Friday, April 3.

Did you hear the news? TransCanada (“TC Energy”) got a $7 BILLION BAILOUT this week from the Canadian province of Alberta’s government, and — despite the world being in the midst of the most contagious public health threat in modern history — announced that workers are moving into Montana to begin initial construction on the Keystone XL pipeline. [1]

As the coronavirus public health emergency forces statewide lockdowns across the country, TransCanada is barreling full speed ahead with plans to send thousands of workers into rural and Tribal communities along the path of its proposed Keystone XL pipeline in Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska.

These communities are unequipped to handle the additional potential strain on their rural hospitals and Indian Health Service facilities, with “big city” hospitals like Omaha potentially hours away from these man camps and surrounding towns. Research has shown that 25% or more of those infected with coronavirus are “asymptomatic” and both feel and appear completely healthy, yet are still highly contagious despite displaying no symptoms. [2]

The proposed Keystone XL man camps would house hundreds together in close quarters, where they’ll share bedrooms, bathrooms, cafeterias, and trucks — which they’ll be driving into rural towns wanting to visit any local bars and restaurants. In the meantime, during man camp construction, it’s expected out-of-state Keystone XL workers would stay in local motels. The Keystone XL workers that already invaded Montana this week are reportedly staying in local motels, the only “quarantine” they face being to go straight home after work — but they continue to work on-site alongside the local construction crews and Montana workforce. [3]

Tell TransCanada: CANCEL KXL and immediately halt all Keystone XL activity.

This is a time when we must recognize the health and safety of everyone — especially the most vulnerable and marginalized communities — is integral to the health and safety of our entire country. That’s why we are all making sacrifices to protect our friends, families, and neighbors. There is absolutely no need to risk the health and safety of construction workers or rural communities right now for a foreign corporation’s tarsands export pipeline project.

On other large energy projects that have not halted activity during the pandemic, there have already been reports of coronavirus infections of man camp workers at BP’s Prudhoe Bay oil field in Alaska, and LNG Canada’s gas export facility in northern B.C. [4,5], and of no social distancing onsite during construction of the Canadian government-owned Trans Mountain pipeline. [6]

Yet TransCanada continues to move ahead against all good judgment — and in spite of the company not having even secured all the necessary federal, state and local permits for the Keystone XL project — which is also facing three federal court challenges to various permits, and lawsuits from landowners in Nebraska fighting eminent domain seizure of their land.

TC Energy must immediately today halt all “pre-construction” activity on the Keystone XL project — and recall all workers it has already dispatched into the small rural and Tribal communities of Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska.

Tell TransCanada: CANCEL KXL and immediately halt all Keystone XL activity.

Furthermore, we call on TC Energy to start prioritizing the health and well-being of its workers during this public health threat, and provide full support for unemployed workers.

(Photo above: Faith Spotted Eagle (right) and members and supporters of Brave Heart Society and the Yankton Sioux Tribe inside a solar-equipped tiny house built to take on tour of proposed KXL “man camp” locations to raise awareness about MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women). The tour has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus public health emergency. Photographer: Jen Cohen)

Thanks for standing with us (and staying home!),

Mark Hefflinger and the Bold team


[1] “Keystone XL to proceed with $7B commitment from Alberta government,” Calgary Herald, 3/31/20.

[2] “Estimates of 25 to 50 percent of coronavirus patients don’t experience symptoms,” The Hill, 4/1/20.

[3] “KXL To Go Forward Amid Pandemic,” Glasgow Courier, 4/1/20.

[4] “Prudhoe Bay worker tested positive for COVID-19, BP Alaska says,” Anchorage Daily News,

[5] “COVID-19 case confirmed on LNG Canada worksite in northern B.C.,” Global News Canada, 4/1/20.

[6] “Burnaby residents claim no social distancing in Trans Mountain construction,” Burnaby Now, 3/31/20.

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