Nearly two weeks ago, the Obama administration denied a permit to TransCanada for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from tar sands in Canada to refineries in Texas. The outcome could not have been better for the environmental community, as Bill McKibben– mastermind behind the long string of protests in Washington– praised Obama for his decision. Everything seemed to be going well, until the Senate GOP gave it another crack. Continue reading
“You’re looking at the glass as half empty. I’m saying the glass is half full…of carbon.” -Stephen Colbert
Description: Co-founder and director of 350.org Bill McKibben explains why the Keystone XL pipeline will mean “game over” for the climate. I’m glad Colbert pressed him on being a hypocrite for driving or riding in planes to get to the show. It’s something environmentalists have to address…and McKibben did. Continue reading
Imprisoned activist Tim DeChristopher had this to say about Saturday’s massive anti-KeystoneXL Pipeline protest at the White House organized by Bill McKibben’s groups, Tar Sands Action, 350.org, as well as other U.S. environmental groups. Up to 12,000 activists encircled the White House to protest the Keystone XL pipeline, which if approved would be a 1,700 mile pipeline that would carry oil from Canada’s tar sands to the US and other foreign markets. So many people showed up there were more than enough people to encircle the whole White House!
DeChristopher couldn’t be in attendance, obviously, so he sent these words.
350.org: Tim DeChristopher just sent these words from prison. He wanted to make a video, but they don’t allow that behind bars. So, in the tradition of the human mic, we want to see if we can work together to make Tim’s words echo across the country.
Can you take a few minutes to turn on your web-cam or grab a camera and record yourself reading this speech? Upload it to YouTube with the tag “TimNoKXL” and we’ll put all the videos together into a single version to share with the world.
No, Tar Sands Action isn’t hiring…or maybe they are, but the ad they placed this week in the Washington Post and New York Times wasn’t exactly for help wanted from just anybody. It was for help wanted from President Obama himself.
The group formed by writer/activist Bill McKibben was created to sustain civil disobedience to stop the expansion of the Canadian tarsands and Keystone XL Pipeline. Tuesday October 23rd they launched a national ad campaign calling on the President to “stop this crime in progress.” The ads also appeared online at washingtonpost.com, cnn.com, foxnews.com, politico.com and foreignpolicy.com.
Check out our post VIDEO: Tar Sands Action, The Largest Environmental Civil Disobedience In A Generation to find out why this project must be stopped and why hundreds have been inspired to get arrested to stop it.
Do you think this ad will have any effect on President Obama’s decision?
Photo Credit: Hanoi, Vietnam by Bo via 350.org
“Endless thanks for all who made #movingplanet so…moving. I dare you to look at the photos with a dry eye.” -Bill McKibben via twitter
Friends, don’t ever be fooled into thinking nothing’s happening. There are protests and demonstrations, not just on Wall Street, but all over the world and on the environmental front too. These demonstrations are held locally, this means no one has to hop in a car and go to Washington D.C. to protest, you do this in your neighborhood, hop on the internet, then share your images and experience with others.
On Saturday, September 24 writer Bill McKibben’s 350.org in partnership with hundreds of organizations around the world held over 2,000 events in over 175 countries for Moving Planet and they’ve got pics of children all over the world to prove it! Continue reading