1252 Protestors Arrested

New environmental movement being born; 1,252 arrested in Tar Sands protests

by Iris Marie Bloom

With a major rally and march against fracking — dirty gas drilling, aka high-volume slickwater hydraulic fracturing — set for Wednesday September 7th in Philadelphia at noon, rain or shine, activists are simultaneously celebrating the conclusion of a major civil disobedience action in Washington, DC to protest the tar sands extraction in Canada and the proposed XL pipeline.

Gasland Director Josh Fox was among those arrested.  Most of the gas used to power the tar sands extraction is fracked gas, using a poisonous process to power a poisonous process to extract more climate-poisoning fossil fuels.  Here is Josh getting arrested.  His original “call to action” with a powerful overview of the issue is here.

Just as President Obama reneged on his promise to strenghen ozone emissions standards, the largest environmental protest in the history of our country ended this past Saturday.  Over the course of two weeks, 1,252 people, including many celebrities, were arrested in front of the White House, demanding that Obama follow his campaign pledge.

Vice President Al Gore also added his support to the protest, writing, “the leaders of the top environmental groups in the country, the Republican Governor of Nebraska, and millions of people around the country — including hundreds of people who have bravely participated in civil disobedience at the White House — all agree on one thing: President Obama should block the planned pipeline from the tar sands of Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico.  The tar sands are the dirtiest source of fuel on the planet.

Here’s the Tar Sands Action press release.

A related article published by the New York Times discusses how Obama’s anti-environmental actions have already lost him much of the support from his base.  If he’d like enthusiastic volunteers working for his next election, he needs to follow his campaign pledges and work to save our environment, rather than capitulate to large corporations.
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