Tantoo Cardinal and Margot Kidder at the White House Protest Before Being Arrested Photo credit: Milan Ilnyckyj, TarSandsAction.orgCardinal and Kidder gathered with a crowd of over 150 people in Lafeyette Square park this morning to hear from environmental author, Bill McKibben, who is spearheading the protests. In an effort to “deter future participants,” the DC Park Police had held McKibben and 55 other participants from last Saturday’s demonstration in jail for two nights before dropping all charges and releasing them on Monday afternoon. Sunday and Monday’s protestors were released after being arrested, taken to a Park Police station, and paying $100 fine for “disobeying a police order.” “When we were in jail, the only thing we wanted was more company,” said McKibben to a cheering crowd this morning. “Your work has helped make this the most important environmental question President Obama has to make before the 2012 election. And we’ll be here every day this week and next to make sure he makes the right call.” Tomorrow, a group of 20 Gulf Coast residents will join the White House protest to try and prevent another BP style disaster in America’s heartland, over one of the country’s largest sources of fresh drinking water. President Obama will decide later this year on TransCanada’s permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which will send 900,000 barrels a day of the world’s dirtiest oil to US refineries, allowing further development of the Alberta tar sands. The pipeline would pass through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Mining oil from tar sands creates three times more carbon emissions than conventional oil extraction.
Margot Kidder (left) and Tantoo Cardinal Walking to the White House Protest with 60 People Photo credit: Shadia Fayne Wood, TarSandsAction.org###