By Kristen Gwynne, AlterNet
Tar Sands Criminal Imbecility to Sweep Scross the US. Obama already gave his approval. Are these protests too little too late? And why does the Obama betrayal fail to surprise us? What tactics do we need to deploy?—Eds
Actress Daryl Hannah (Bladerunner, Kill Bill, Splash) and other environmental activists were arrested today for protesting plans for the sure-to-be-disastrous tar sands pipeline (Keystone Xl). In a sixties-style sit-in, activists gathered outside of the White House to express their opposition to the dangerous pipeline that would span all the way from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast. According to Retuers, more than seventy peaceful protesters were cuffed and taken away for advocating to protect their Earth and future.
Hannah and other environmental supporters had good reason to oppose the $7 billion plans for the tar sands pipeline. Extracting oil from tar sands causes three times the amount of global warning as conventional oil. In light of recent extreme weather – like the freak Earthquake and Hurricane that hit the East Coast this week – building a giant tar sands pipeline is an environmental catastrophe waiting to happen.
What’s more, mining tar sands requires serious damage to ecosystems and human health.
As Janet Redman said in a recent AlterNet article:
Oh, and there’s this:
This is not the kind of future most Americans want, for themselves or their children. The tar sands pipeline can be stopped. Unfortunately, for many activists, protecting our planet’s future comes at the risk of arrest.
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