VIDEO: The First Day of the Tar Sands Action

News — the tar sands action team August 22, 2011 at 1:55 am

The first day of the Tar Sands Action showed how beautiful and powerful a determined group of climate activists can be. 75 folks risked arrest at the White House to tell President Obama to reject a permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, after participating in a nonviolence training the night before. Bill McKibben, Gus Speth and Lt. Dan Choi led the group in the first day of what will be a two week long daily protest at the White House.

  1. Waynescholfield says:

    Australia is watching and send greetings to all citizens concerned for the enviroment.

  2. Anonymous says:

    While I am dismayed by the negative commentary, I am not surprised. The Truth that we must change our lifestyles so that future generations may have a chance at life is difficult to hear and even harder to accept. This two week protest is a very necessary part of the long process to confront our denial society with this truth such that it can not ignored or dismissed with sarcastic remarks but instead must be seriously wrestled with, debated and revealed and ultimately accepted. The hope is that this will happen before our grandkid’s futures are permanently harmed. Thanks for organizing these efforts I appreciate it.

    • Randy Cunningham says:

      Don’t be dismayed about Dan’s rantings. He is what you call a troll, and the way you make trolls go away is ignore them. It’s like pouring salt on a slug.

      Randy Cunningham

    • TXsharon says:

      You can bet that many of the negative comments come from people on the Big Oil and Gas Mafia’s payroll. They actually pay people specifically to make comments on blogs and news paper articles.

  3. Cafend2006 says:

    Hey folks. Just remember to get suspicious when they try to sell you a lot in FL. The price of tar sands oil is certainly underwater too, at 5 barrels of reg. oil to produce 1 of tarsands oil. So to what use do you think they could REALLY be planning for the XL pipeline? Oh, wait. Aren’t they drooling over drilling in the Arctic? Ya’ think?

    • Pauline says:

      check out NY TImes blip yesterday. Exxon sold rights to Russia to drill in OUR country in the Gulf of Mexico. Russia is also interested in learning how to hydrofrack and extract oil from Tar Sands and is looking to Exxon for that education…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Inspiring! My heartfelt thanks to all who are risking arrest, witnessing this action, and organizing this act of non-violent, non-cooperation!

  5. Info says:

    Watching from Canada. Thanks for taking the action and the risk.

  6. Christopher Gotschall says:

    So proud of these folks

  7. Nicolaparis says:

    I am constantly inspired by creative nonviolent direct action happening all over the world. It is both our right, and our responsibility to take this type of action. Choosing to be arrested at an action highlighting climate change…and Australia’s awful contribution to it, in profiting from our coal exports… was one of the most empowering things I have done. 5 gold stars – highly recommended!

  8. Barbara-mckay says:

    Thank you, Sen. Sanders, for standing in solidarity with the Keystone protest.

  9. Crawford MacCallum says:

    I’m coming next week. Excited!

  10. thank you for doing this. i will join you on the 26th- no one wants to spend their time and energy this way but sadly, we have to. we have to send the message that climate is important and we are willing to make the sacrifices we needed to save the planet

  11. Rob Brinkman says:

    Thanks to all of the hard working folks making this action possible, I look forward to meeting with you Tuesday evening in preparation for Wednesday’s action!

  12. Kay Ferguson says:

    can you provide links to media coverage?

  13. You guys are absolutely awesome!!!

  14. J Broadfield says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!

  15. Peacockwalk says:

    Hope it works!!!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Yes, wish i could of been there, but we couldn’t go, as my partner is very sick with the big C. But all of you people who went…YOU ROCK!

  17. Kay says:

    Is there anticipation that arrestees will continue to be held two and a half days?

    • Pauline says:

      we were let go in a couple hours. But let me tell you, it was not a comfy couple of hours in a hot van or bus with painful zip ties around our wrists. Many left with bruises and scrapes from the zip tie hand cuffs, born proudly, I might add.

  18. Norma Wilson says:

    I admire you for risking arrest to protect our precious environment from destruction by the oil industry!

  19. Jasonrossmusic says:

    We did an action similar to this with great results in Canada about 20 years ago. It resulted in about 700 arrests, but it sent a clear message to the government that what was going on was unacceptable.

    Tying the court system up with civil disobedience is the only way the government will understand the true consequences of going against the wishes of the people.

    Good on all of those willing to get arrested, those that are organizing, those that hold placards, and those who donate to make actions like this possible.

  20. Pat Moore says:

    I plan to go to Washington Monday and risk arrest, protesting the building of this pipeline
    which will be so devastating to our environment.
    Never was an activist until age 70. This may be my third arrest since then. It is a matter of life and death.

  21. Karenaid says:

    Retirees and college kids and folks not in the workforce? Wow, Dan. You really ARE uneducated. Most of the people there are actually taking time off from jobs without pay to do this peaceful protest for something that they truly believe in for the future of the planet for ALL people and creatures to come after them. I wish I could be there! I have friends there.

  22. Dee Gomez says:

    This form of protest is a part of our history in this country and not from just college students and retirees! Working people and those being discriminated against have used non-violent protests and WERE arrested for what they believed.
    Here are some examples of more people using civil disobedience in order to make major change in this country and all over the world:
    The Civil Rights Movement, The US Labor Movement, Vietnam War Protests, UN Protest for Nuclear Plants (1750 people arrested), Woman’s Pentagon Action, Anti-Apartheid, Pledge for Resistance (5000 arrested), Act Up & gay/lesbian groups in 1987 (600 arrested) and not mentioning Gandhi and Martin Luther King who chose civil disobedience to free people.
    Apathy in the face of injustice is a form of violence. Struggle and conflict are often necessary to correct injustice. Let’s always use non-violent, civil disobedience to protect our rights and our world.

  23. Dee Gomez says:

    This form of protest is a part of our history in this country and not from just college students and retirees! Working people and those being discriminated against have used non-violent protests and WERE arrested for what they believed.

    Here are some examples of more people using civil disobedience in order to make major change in this country and all over the world:
    The Civil Rights Movement, The US Labor Movement, Vietnam War Protests, UN Protest for Nuclear Plants (1750 people arrested), Woman’s Pentagon Action, Anti-Apartheid, Pledge for Resistance (5000 arrested), Act Up & gay/lesbian groups in 1987 (600 arrested) and not mentioning Gandhi and Martin Luther King who chose civil disobedience to free people.

    Apathy in the face of injustice is a form of violence. Struggle and conflict are often necessary to correct injustice. Let’s always use non-violent, civil disobedience to protect our rights and our world.

  24. Jameshenrymckinnon says:

    3H2O. O3. / 3O2. 6H. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH ANY ENERGY TYPE BELOW ATMOSPHERE. THIS formula above ozone is the greenhouse. Effect with the thrusters of satilytes above with extreme weather conditions insulating winter snow where not norm and evaporates rain clouds so when it does it pours to flood droughts

  25. BetsyRose says:

    Dan Dare your very uneducated. You don’t understand that their will be no police in the future. No planet to live on because it was destroyed by the destruction of the environment. You can’t just do whatever you want to the earth without consequences. We are not outsiders. This is our country. We are not selfish. These protests are to protect all of us on the earth. It is you who are selfish and thinking only of your own wants. Think of needs. We need the planet earth. For the sake of yourself please get an education.

  26. Jfreiberg says:

    Actually Dan is absolutely right. This action is being performed to draw attention. Where Dan is obviously wrong is what the attention is being drawn to.

    It is difficult for some to make the connection between the issue and the person that stands for that issue. Some will only see the person, what they look like, how they dress, what their behavior is.

    This is especially true for complex issues such as this pipeline. One of the major concerns is spills and leakage from the pipeline that could effect water resources such as the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer. This aquifer extends from the Rio Grande into Louisiana and Arkansas providing water for 60 Texas counties.

    Making the connection between the picture opportunity in front of the White House and the concept of a state wide catastrophe is difficult at best. Especially when the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer is only one of many being crossed.

  27. Anonymous says:

    When the earth ends up like Mars…DUST, the kids in the future wearing their gas masks to go outside will blame you and those like you whom keep breeding your INSANITY genes, Incapable of learning, growing and evolving from past MISTAKES! Believe it or not Dan Dare, some folks do NOT want to go down in history as Idiots like Easter Island, Like you and yours do not care. Your own off spring will suffer because you and yours are TOO COMFORTABLE with the SUCKING all life out of the planet that does NOT belong to you or yours. It belongs to everyone and people do NOT believe like you that MASSIVE pollution has NO consequences! Get a brain!

  28. Pauline says:

    Dan, please stay home since you are a coward and wouldn’t dream of standing up to Big Oil like all of these people have done and had their photographs taken by the park police and their personal information taken down… Some people are willing to work and sacrifice for the children of the future. Others prefer their lazyboys.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Protest is a Constitutional right, if not an actual mandate, when we see our country going off the rails. The police and the courts had the option to do nothing and allow the protest to progress as planned, and it would have been largely ignored. So, the police are complicit in making this statement, aren’t they? You call it stupid, but I guess you’ll be happy sitting in your recliner and feasting on the TV ads and propaganda news that allows you to be complacent about your own future and that of the country.

  30. Pondseye says:

    http://www.exxonmobilperspectives.com/2011/04/28/exxonmobil-earnings-the-real-story-you-wont-hear-in-washington/
    Here’s one of Exxon Mobil’s self promoting articles. Enjoy it while you eat their oil. It’s in everything. We are oil!! Enjoy your slick self!!

  31. Pauline says:

    Dan, I dare you to say that to anyone of our faces… You coward.

  32. Dan Dare says:

    Police don’t have the option of ignoring illegal activity, especially when that activity is calculated to bait them into acting. And protest is fine and honorable, but is can be done without becoming a burden on the city which is what you people decided to do.
    Trust me–you aren’t doing a thing for our country or our planet. Both will be here long after you and I and our grandkids are gone.

  33. Dee Gomez says:

    Dan HAS to be on somebody’s payroll! Otherwise, how is he paying those tax dollars from an income sitting around on this site making comments?

  34. Gordon says:

    “Is that what they taught you, Randy? To just insult anyone who expresses a viewpoint that isn’t yours?”
    Is that all you do on internet forums? Post contrary statements for your own entertainment? Question everybody but have no solutions?

    A Troll you are then Dan.

  35. Check out The Sierra Club’s decade long ‘End of Coal’ campaign.

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