162 (and counting) protesters have now been arrested in continuing tar sands pipeline civil disobedience outside the White House. The protests against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline are expected to last for two weeks.
Protesters say they want President Obama to stand up to big oil companies and deny the permit for the extensive oil pipeline from the tar sands in Canada into the United States.
One of the world’s leading climatologists, James Hansen, has stated that if the proposed pipeline is approved and Canada’s huge tar sands project to extract oil from tar sands continues, it will be “game over” for climate. He stands in support of the protests.
Apparently more than two thousand people have signed up to participate in the protests, to risk being arrested for the anti-tar sands cause. About 50 protesters a day are expected to prepare themselves for arrest.
Josh Fox, who made the Academy Award-nominated GasLand documentary about the controversial mining industry practice of fracking, has made the following video to explain the tar sands situation for those unaware of the current situation.
For the record, this blog is firmly opposed to the development of the pipeline, and to the overall development of the tar sands. If preeminent climatologists tell us it’s going to be game over for the climate if projects like this go ahead, who are we to argue? This is not just an issue for the U.S. and Canada, this is going to impact the whole world.
Having said that, it’s also going to make it very difficult for Canada to live up to its proposed emissions cuts in coming years. The whole project just doesn’t make sense in a world threatened with increasing climate change.
And we are not the only ones. Even an editorial in the New York Times has come out in support of the protesters and opposes the building of the 1,700 mile Keystone XL pipeline.
How do you feel about the development of tar sands and Keystone pipeline? And do you think the protest will work?