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ICYMI: Bonnie Raitt, Indigo Girls Appear on 'No More Pipeline Blues'

The song supports the ongoing fight against Minnesota's Line 3 tar sands pipeline. The "blues" get darker the closer one looks at Enbridge Line 3.


April 27, 2021

Last week, on Earth Day, the song "No More Pipeline Blues" featuring Bonnie Rait and the Indigo Girls was released in support of the fight against Enbride's Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline. The track also features Honor the Earth Executive Director Winona LaDuke, the first Native American poet laureate, Joy Harjo, as well as Waubanewquay, Day Sisters, Mumu Fresh, Pura Fe, Soni Moreno, and Jennifer Kreisberg. It was produced and composed by Larry Long. The release was reported in Rolling Stone magazine, which quotes a statement from LaDuke:

"'No More Pipeline Blues' beautifully illustrates in music, singing, spoken word, and images the threats of a totally unnecessary tar sands pipeline at the end of the age of Big Oil. But it also illuminates the sacredness of our environment, and yet more destructive, historical impacts to indigenous culture. Still, the song and the music video are also like prayer offered in ceremony, asking for strength, justice and preservation."

Over the past few months the Line 3 fight has become one of the biggest environmental struggles in the nation. As the Biden administration looks to grow clean energy and address the climate crisis, the Line 3 pipeline looks more and more egregious, as it will contribute millions of tons of air pollution and lock in additional fossil fuel infrastructure for decades.

The "blues" get darker the closer one looks at Line 3

Not only has Line 3 failed to deliver on its jobs promises to Minnesotans, with only about a quarter of jobs going to locals and risk our precious water resources, but it has also brought with it a rise in sex trafficking and thrown local government finances into chaos. In a story that led the Business section of yesterday's Star Tribune, it was revealed that Enbridge has shelled out more than $750,000 to law enforcement for protection in what a leading legal expert calls a "fraught" relationship that blurs the line between public safety and the private interests of multinational corporations.

Watch the video and listen to the song:


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