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Patagonia Cheers Keystone Demise, Despite Fossil-Fueled Product Line

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Clothing manufacturer Patagonia joined pipeline opponents in celebrating the cancellation of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, even though the outdoor-apparel maker’s product line heavily relies on petroleum.

In a Thursday post, Patagonia retweeted a message from the Native Organizers Alliance declaring that the “#KXL Pipeline is DONE,” referring to TC Energy’s decision Wednesday to abandon the 1,700-mile U.S.-Canada project after a 13-year battle.

“A big congratulations to all!” Patagonia tweeted. “’The termination of this zombie pipeline sets precedent for President Biden and polluters to stop Line 3, Dakota Access, and all fossil fuel projects,’ Kendall Mackey, campaign manager of http://350.org‘s Keep It in the Ground campaign.”

Patagonia also retweeted a post from the Indigenous Environmental Network, one of the company’s environmental grantees, declaring that “we have finally defeated an oil and gas giant! Keystone XL is DEAD!”

California-based Patagonia has long opposed Keystone, decrying President Trump’s 2017 decision to approve the U.S.-Canada cross-border permit and thanking President Biden for canceling it in January, even though the firm’s jackets, backpacks, and gear are made with nylon, polyester, and other petroleum-based fibers.

Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Western Energy Alliance, described Patagonia as “a company that wants to pretend it uses no oil, yet just about every one of its products contains petroleum.”

“They couldn’t manufacture their products without oil and natural gas, and neither could their products get to customers or their customers to the trails,” she said in an email.

The message comes as woke companies come under scrutiny for their fossil-fuel usage. Last year, the North Face came under fire for refusing to fill a jacket order for a drilling services firm in Houston.

Chris Wright, president of Liberty Oilfield Services in Denver, responded last week with a billboard and social media campaign “thanking” North Face for being “an extraordinary customer of the oil-and-gas industry.”

He said that 60% of all clothing fibers globally are made of oil and gas, but that he was unable to find a single product in the North Face catalog without a petroleum component.

When it comes to climate activism, however, few companies can hang with Patagonia, which said it provided financial support last year to 1,020 environmental groups, including Honor the Earth and 350.org, as part of its Patagonia Action Works campaign.

Patagonia even sells a T-shirt with the message “Ditch the Drill: We Can’t Afford Another Spill.”

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