52 more protesters were just reported arrested at the ongoing civil disobedience outside of the White House, bringing the tally to 162 arrested over three days. A diverse group of activists are gathered there to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would inextricably hook the U.S. up to the dirtiest fuel source on the planet: Canada's tar sands. If the U.S. government approves the pipeline, preeminent climatologist James Hansen says that it will be "game over" for the global climate.
And that's why over 2,000 people have signed up to protest the XL, and are risking arrest outside the White House as I type these words. The video above does a good job of demonstrating what's under way right now; Josh Fox, the creator of the Academy Award-nominated GasLand documentary about fracking, has another clip with some great background:
And here's the latest dispatch from the event, courtesy of Daniel Kessler, who's running communications for the protest (full disclosure; he's a TreeHugger writer too):
Another 52 Americans were arrested at the White House this morning for taking part in an ongoing sit-in to push President Obama to stand up to Big Oil and deny the permit for a massive new oil pipeline. In total, 162 people have been arrested since the ongoing protest began on Saturday.This morning's demonstrators came to Washington, DC from across the country, willing to spend their vacation in handcuffs to send a message to the President that they feel he risks abandoning their values and his promises to take on climate change.Another fifty protesters will take to the White House tomorrow, and the day after, and they'll continue accordingly every day until September 3rd. Earlier today, the New York Times ran an editorial siding with the protesters, and called on the Obama administration to deny the proposal for the pipeline.
Lori Fischer, the co-director for Nebraska Environmental Action Coalition and a member of Nebraska Farmers Union, traveled with five other Nebraskans and was arrested this morning. She said before her arrest:
"If the government is going to refuse to step up to the responsibility to defend a livable future, I believe that creates a moral imperative for me and many others. This is a crucial issue for Nebraskans to speak up loudly about. Our land, water, and the future of our children are at stake. I feel our leaders need to take seriously their responsibility to pass on a healthy and just world to the next generation, I am going to Washington remind them."
Learn more about the protests at Tar Sands Action.