The peaceful protest of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is entering its fifth day, and over 200 people have now been arrested outside the White House in Washington D.C. One of them was Bill McKibben, a key organizer and lead promoter of the sprawling act of civil disobedience, which is now by some counts the largest in the North American climate movement. McKibben was released after being held in jail for two days, and he took to the progressive talk show circuit to discuss the event.
Above, McKibben discusses the Keystone XL with Keith Olbermann. Below, there's an even better extended segment on Democracy Now!:
The mainstream media is starting to pay attention -- the New York Times ran an editorial about the tar sands, siding with the protesters. However, none of the major broadcast networks have done TV coverage yet, despite the historic nature of the event. CNN and Fox have thus far been MIA as well.
Yesterday, I shared some great photos of the action. And here are some great videos explaining the roots of the protest -- one is by Gasland director Josh Fox -- as well as our interview with McKibben before the White House protest began. TarSandsAction.org has more information, and follow @TarSandsAction for updates on the event.