54 More Arrested at White House as Environmental Community Excoriate New State Department Report

Uncategorized — Jonathan Warnow August 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm
WASHINGTON, DC — As almost the entire environmental community condemned the final State Department report on the environmental impact of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline released this morning, another 54 Americans were arrested at the White House today to push President Obama to stand up to Big Oil and deny the pipeline the permit necessary for construction. “The U.S. State Department’s final report on the Keystone XL today is an insult to anyone who expects government to work for the interests of the American people,” said the Sierra Club in a press release this morning. “The Sierra Club and our 1.4 million members and supporters are looking to President Obama for bold action and we urge him to reject this abomination.” NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen will join a large delegation of interfaith leaders for next Monday’s sit-in. Actor and natural gas fracking activist Mark Ruffalo will join Tuesday’s demonstration before a large contingent of former youth organizers for Obama risk arrest Wednesday morning. Environmental author Bill McKibben, who is spearheading the protests, said that the release of the State Department EIS would not dampen the spirits of the 2,000 Americans who will participate in the Tar Sands Action. “We knew from past experience that State might do something like this, which is why we’ve always said it’s going to be Obama’s call,” said McKibben. “They can’t get the climate science right, but maybe they can get the politics right.” Organizers of the protest are keeping a close eye on the hurricane currently bearing down on the Eastern seaboard. As of Friday afternoon, the sit-in was expected to continue on Saturday morning, when President Obama is expected to return to the White House. Organizers have already called off Sunday morning’s protest out of respect for the clean-up and public safety duties that will stretch Park Police thin. The hurricane provides an important backdrop for the protests, however, said McKibben. Warmer ocean temperatures due to global warming help sustain a hurricane’s intensity and lead to heavier rain-falls, according to climate scientists. “Irene will be a distraction in the short run from our efforts, but in the long run it underlines what the fight is all about,” said McKibben. “If the president goes for business as usual, we’re going to get planet weird.”
  1. J. Dunlap says:

    Thank you to all of the brave protesters standing up against the pipeline.
    But could we please stop the “game over” rhetoric? First of all, this is not a game, and second, you’re frightening the children. My 12-year-old, who was cheering you on, doesn’t have the luxury to give up if this battle is lost. Thanks again.

  2. J. Dunlap says:

    Thank you to all of the brave protesters standing up against the pipeline.
    But could we please stop the “game over” rhetoric? First of all, this is not a game, and second, you’re frightening the children. My 12-year-old, who was cheering you on, doesn’t have the luxury to give up if this battle is lost. Thanks again.

    • Shaheer says:

      Perhaps you should join in and help save your child’s future. It actually is “game over” if we do not begin reducing our emissions by 2015, achieve -80% global emissions reductions by 2050, and a carbon-negative (geoenginering/sequestration) society post 2050.

      “Gave Over” is a euphemism. Perhaps they should have just said we’re all going to die of famine on Desert Earth. Germany [Hans Schellnhuber] says we should now be planning for a 4 degree Celcius world. A 4 degrees C world is “Game Over”.

    • The truth should frighten everyone. And kids deserve to know that truth as much as we do. For it is their world too. And their problem we leave behind.

  3. Geoff Stack says:

    It was an honor and privilege to participate in this action – Here are my thoughts on the experience…

    http://www.stackcoordination.com/arrested/

    As for the “game over” sentiment, I think we have to be mindful to separate out our views of the past from the future. I think it’s entirely possible to be a “hopeful pessimist.”

    Pessimism and optimism are all about projecting forward what we already see from our past. And it’s clear – if we continue forward in the same way, we’re all in serious trouble. (Hence even the need for civil disobedience).

    Hope and despair is about the future we see for ourselves and those around us. Hope and despair are choices.

    And so, I think it’s entirely possible to be a hopeful pessimist – all at cognizant and grounded in the situation that we’re in and all-together hopeful that we can make change. Quickly.

    I haven’t had the pleasure of having children yet. But I think it’s one of the most powerful statements of hope that can ever be made.

    For that – thank you.

    Geoff Stack,
    Baltimore, Maryland.

  4. Lcotler says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoKW771tG_Q

    Class War Films does it again with “Stop the Megaloads!”

    Tells it like it is!

  5. Kevn Zeese says:

    The State Department EIS shows where the Obama administration is heading. It is a reality we must face. When we do it becomes evident that it is time to take off the Obama pins and let him know he has lost the support of climate change activists. Throw the pins over the White House. The climate movement is going to have to escalate its efforts. Being civilly disobedient is not longer enough, it is time for non-violent resistance against the corporate-government that President Obama is responsible for.

  6. Catharine Karsten says:

    Thank you for representing the thoughts and feelings of so many of us who couldn’t be there

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