The Right to Dissent

Across the US, there are countless efforts being made to criminalize activism and take away our right to dissent. These attacks, coming from the fossil fuel industry and secretive lobbying groups like American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), are heightening the crisis we see in our democracy by putting the our ability to peacefully protest at risk.

These attacks include anti-protest bills, like bills that censor free speech on college campuses, as well as so called “Critical Infrastructure” legislation—modeled after bills drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)— that create additional and unnecessary criminal penalties for protest at fossil fuel facilities.

We only have about a decade to reverse course on the climate crisis. Activism opposing fossil fuel pipelines is needed more than ever. But activists are facing threats to their right to protest in state legislatures across the country.

The very kinds of activism that drove progress in the environment, civil rights, voting rights, and workers rights are now at risk of being criminalized at the hands of corporate polluters and the elected officials they influence. By continuing to expose the fossil fuel industry and secretive lobbying entities like ALEC we address this critical threat to our ability to protect our planet through peaceful protest.

Energy Transfer Partners President and CEO Kelcy Warren speaks at an industry conference in Houston to discuss the strong opposition that his pipelines have faced across the United States.