Joy and Resolve for Tim DeChristopher

News — the tar sands action team July 26, 2011 at 9:58 pm

On July 26th, Tim DeChristopher was sentenced to 2 years in Federal prison for disrupting an illegal auction of oil and gas leases in Utah.

Since his arrest, Tim has called for an expansion of civil disobedience and direct action in the climate movement. His bold act of conscience inspired people across America to step up in the struggle against climate change, the fossil fuel industry, and their supporters in government.

Now he is being punished, not just for his actions to stop the auction, but for his unapologetic defense of the bold tactics needed to stop the fossil fuel industry that would cook our planet into catastrophe. We need to show that we will not be deterred by the obvious attempt to scare us into inaction.

If we want this movement to grow to include our friends and neighbors, we need to show that Tim is not alone, and that we are not afraid. “Joy and resolve” was a rallying cry for Tim’s trial, and that’s exactly what we need now.

To show our joy and resolve, we are asking you to strengthen this movement, beginning with our action against the tar sands in Washington DC. Take this critical moment to share our invitation to action with your social networks, and to personally email 5 people who might not otherwise get involved to ask them to join us in Washington.

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  1. Well I suppose with all this unemployment we got nothin’ else better to do. I feel the 60’s commin’ back. Power to the People!

  2. Djbeadman says:

    Why have a revolt over one aspect, like fossil fuels, when there is an armpit full of problems with our government, politicians corruption, wallstreet corruption, unconquerable debt, big corporations influence on all the forementioned, and our dramatic plunge into a complete socialist country??? Why not rally to bring all U.S. manufacturing back from overseas and Mexico, and put this country back to work… Heavily tax any company that manufactures overseas until they bring those jobs back to the states… Get us back on track financially then worry bout how fossil fuels are so dangerous. I for the record work in nuclear powerplants all over the country and love every minute of it.

    • Anonymous says:

      Climate change will accelerate and drastically worsen all of these trends – we need to take action on climate to build international solidarity against corrupt corporate power. Kicking the fossil fuel habit is the best way to reboot our economy – green jobs are the fastest growing and best-paying job sector in America.

    • Cnye12 says:

      “Why…, Why…, and Why…” Because we have to start somewhere and this is as good a start as any. And, could you explain how we have “dramatically” plunged into a “complete” socialist country? From where I sit, I don’t see a heck of a lot of socialism going on: except where the many (the middle and lower classes) are supporting the needs of the few (The mega-wealthy and super-mega-wealthy corporations)

    • Wrdsowsdm says:

      Yes, I’m sorry, but I have to agree wit the other comments on this post. I think you’re misunderstanding what a ‘socialist’ country would do – it would provide jobs, health care, education and other services as a baseline and not grudgingly. It would not treat most citizens as second-rate while protecting the rights of a few.
      You’re also confusing the arguments about fossil fuels and nuclear. Nuclear is not a renewable, nor is it a fossil fuel. It is extremely powerful, but has the potential (as we’ve seen) to lead to terrible disasters. It is also heavily subsidised, and therefore the true price of nuclear power is not realised or transparent. It is, however, a variant fuel and something to be exploited until renewables are fully established and demand is greatly reduced.

  3. Bellemorte says:

    As long as society is at all dependant on fossil fuels, Canadaian sources are the best option for many reasons. The companies with the largest stakes in the oil sands have exceeded their environmental standards for drilling and land reuse, and Canadian workers are treated and paid well. There are no human rights issues and profits from the fuel are not used to fund civil wars or prop up abusive governments.

    Frankly, as a resident of Saskatchewan, I would be thrilled to be able to keep more of our homegrown oil and natural gas to ourselves, but it does upset me that environmental groups have honed in on the oil sands as the easy politically valuable target. Most of the fossil fuels sourced overseas are paid for with not only the blood of native workers, but the US military resources needed to protect them. As the only major oil source (including US owned companies) with some claim to transparency, they are an easy target, but are the WRONG target.

    We don’t need to frack shale to obtain the fuel to heat our homes. We have, in the normal course of business, improved the quality of rivers that throughout recorded history have been bubbling with oil. We have improved the lives of thousands with high paying jobs and the accompanying business successes across two provinces.

    If you want to change the way that fossil fuels are obtained, perhaps it is better to change the demand side of the equation. By requiring stricter fuel standards, using fewer petroleum products (like household plastics) and educating your public about climate change, you not only reduce the need for oil sands production, you will improve the lives of countless people in war-torn countries and ensure that the fuels we have can be used for the best purposes while alternatives become viable, and not just for fueling cheap flights and soccer mom’s oversized SUVs.

    • Anonymous says:

      One, profound, mistaken assumption: our society does not need to be dependent on fossil fuels. We can switch now, and we in fact must switch now. The tar sands are a disaster, and we plan to do what you recommend – educate the public about their harms – with sustained principled direct action in order to see them stopped.

      • Bellemorte says:

        That is currently an unrealistic goal for much of the world’s population, who, without the use of fossil fuels, would be unable to survive. In the climate I live in, fossil fuels provide heat and electricity for our homes that cannot at this time be fully realized by any other method. We currently grow much of the worlds’ non-corn cereal grain. At this time, world hunger becomes epidemic without diesel. The global economy is beneficial to us all in one sense or another, but that requires power to run. Even the use of clean coal and carbon capture can help us on the way to achieving our pollution goals, but still requires fossil fuel. Human beings have always created pollution, and though our current patchwork of regulatory systems are not perfect, we have not yet found a better way, and to pretend that we could turn off the taps tomorrow is so patently ridiculous that it can play right into the hands of the climate deniers. Certainly there are enough obstacles to overcome already that it is helpful to avoid creating the “Reefer Madness” of environmental policy.

        • Anonymous says:

          Actually, climate science tells us that fossil fuels are actually the greatest threat to survival for most of the world’s population. Droughts, extreme weather, political upheaval – these are the harvests that reliance on fossil fuels like the tar sands will sow.

          It’s unrealistic until we demand our leaders to make it realistic. The technology is certainly available – it’s a question of political will.

          • Bellemorte says:

            What technology do you suggest to make home heating, agriculture, hospital power sources, and transportation fossil fuel free?

          • Anonymous says:

            All of these seem pretty obvious: heating powered by alternative energy off the grid (or localized with rooftop solar or local wind), hospitals can be run by a mix of renewable energies to provide stable supply, and transportation can be run on a mix of alternative fuels or electricity as well. There isn’t a simple switch to flip, but there’s no reason to delay the transition.

          • Bellemorte says:

            I beg to differ – I don’t know what climate you live in, but in mine, electric cars won’t start in the winter, solar energy requires that the sun be shining, electric heat is impractical at winter temperatures and many European cities have found that urban windmills are of little to no use much of the time. There is not, to my knowledge, a reliable system to store solar/wind power generated until it is needed, and in parts of Canada, and most of the US, electricity providers run mainly on coal. As I mentioned, carbon capture has shown some promise, and in fact we are currently building a large facility here, but coal is still a fossil fuel, and in my opinion, strip mining and mountain top removal are far more damaging to the surrounding environment, unlike the Sands exploration, which has the welcome side effect of cleaning up bodies of water that are natuarally contaminated with tar.

            There are climates where the indoor climate control is less of an issue and thus energy requirements are naturally less, but those make up a distinct minority in the developed world. It would be far more effective for all of you to work towards universal access to family plannig and sanitation, rather than tackling the problem at it’s endpoint, but I understand that it is easier and more palatable to fight dirty, evil oil then it is to suggest that population growth could be curbed, and, like China, newly developing countries could be helped to provide for their people in the most efficient way possible.

            Only by focusing our efforts on the true root causes of an issue, does it get resolved in an honest and fair way.

          • Danslereve says:

            I have heard those same problems being discussed before, unfortunately, about the goal of being 100% free of fossil fuels.

    • Sunshine says:

      I hate smog, pollution, oil as much as anyone on this planet…but I 100% agree with your reasoning. Until I am willing to get rid of my car… in the cold, do without my plastic everything, then it is true, at this time Canada has the best alternative for supply for the reasons you have clearly stated.

  4. Rllw says:

    Amazing. Here is a man trying to save the planet but “tricky dick” Nixon (among many others like him) gets a pardon for commiting felonies that could have put him behind bars for life!

    • hourglass1 says:

      i think tricky dick actually implemented the environmental protection agency – not defending the guy – but nixon was liberal compared to today’s fork-tonged, spineless, abetting, corporatist democrats

      the judge probably got a kickback from the privately owned incarceration company …

  5. hourglass1 says:

    and yet, not a banker, not a war criminal does a day …

    the criminals are in charge … “they” hate us for our freedoms

  6. Everhart Mark109 says:

    Let’s stop the insanity that is waste in America and start by taking the billions in subsidies given
    to the coal and gas industries and put it into conservation and renewables we will be clean and free before people can say what just happened. BP as a PR move put 25 million into comservation and in three years they got 320 million in savings, it is crazy to waste money on industries that are making huge profits when our schools and social programs are being cut left and right.

  7. joney boy says:

    WAKE UP!!! we only have 150 or so years of recorded temp history. Global warming is BS. the Grand Canyon was once under water. Better yet how are you going to like paying 5-6-8 per gallon of gas? that will hit everything we consume. Gas is needed and we need to similtaniously develop more effecient and alternative fuels but in the meantime DRILL and stop sending the Arabs our money! 2MM jobs could come out of loosing regulations on oil & Gas! maybe out of work people can go back to work and start paying taxes again. They want to work!

  8. Jctouaregofissio says:

    may want to make an avaaz singature collecting

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