More than 70 tar-sands activists were arrested outside the White House lawn this weekend, in response to their participation in a non-violent disobedience protest to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry environmentally destructive Canadian oil from the Alberta province to Houston and Port Arthur, TX.
Despite several existing legs of the Yukon XL line causing oil spills (11 times this year alone), being called “the dirtiest oil in the world” by many environmental researchers, and facing stiff opposition from noted U.S. and Canadian scientists and environmentalists (namely Maude Barlow, Wendell Berry, Tom Goldtooth, Danny Glover, James Hansen, Wes Jackson, Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, George Poitras, David Suzuki, and Gus Speth, who jointly called for disobedience protests back in June), the project still has some momentum.
There is hope, however, that President Obama will take steps to stop the pipeline, which needs his express approval in order to proceed. This is the message that these environmental protesters were trying to get to Obama, before their arrest yesterday. Leading environmental author (and arrestee!) Bill McKibben wrote, prior to his arrest, that “this is one issue where the president has total control. He has to grant or deny the necessary permits. Congress can’t get in the way. It’s where Obama can get his environmental mojo back. But we need him to lead.”
We do, indeed.
I’ve included a few links to other Canadian tar-sand related posts here on Gas 2.0, below, and re-posted the original announcement of McKibben’s arrest (from our sister site, Planetsave) below, as well. Check out some of the links, and do what you can – maybe hit up the White House’s Facebook page? – to make sure this incredibly toxic Canadian export stops being dumped into our borders.
- Liquid Salt Could Clean Up Canadian Tar Sand
- Canada vs. Electric Cars: Round 2
- Canada Thinks Green Cars are a Problem (Really)