Well, no issue exists in a bubble so why would Keystone XL be different? This is like terrible idea on top of terrible idea on top of terrible idea. There are so many great reasons to oppose both hydro-fracking and Keystone XL and potential fallout (read: oil spills) from the intersection of the two is more than enough for me to oppose both with every fiber of my being.
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.
“What do you bet he hears us now?” -Tar Sands Action
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.
As I watched the above video, I couldn’t help but wish I was in Washington D.C. next to the masses of people protesting the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Throughout the past few weeks, citizens from around the country have been engaged in civil disobedience at the White House, of which I deeply applaud. To date 843 protestors have been arrested, including NASA climatologist Dr. James Hansen and Environmental Author/Activist, and organizer of the event, Bill McKibben. Continue reading →