Published on August 30th, 2011 | by Jeremy Bloom2
Update: Bill McKibben on the tar sands pipeline protest
Apologies in advance, because I’m on the run. But I just wanted to provide people with a few updates:
- 70 or so more people arrested today outside the White House, including Darryl Hannah, and a group of 30 Vermonters representing those trying to deal with the fallout from the greatest rainfall in the state’s history over the weekend.
- Word from Minneapolis that President Obama, arriving to speak at the Legion convention in Minnesota, was greeted with a giant banner and a spirited delegation demanding he block the pipeline.
- Our friends in Egypt, who know a thing or two about protests, delivered a letter and held a solidarity protest outside the Canadian consulate there.
- And in South Africa, where they also know a little bit about struggles against the powerful, there are picket lines up outside the Canadian and American embassies..
This is starting to take on the kind of spontaneous uprising quality that marked, say, the early days of the Obama campaign. We sure hope he’s seeing the chance to see a red-letter signal to all the people who worked so hard and so joyfully for him in 2008. Thanks to everyone, and I will try and write a real update before long.
Oh, and I debated some guy on PBS Newshour last night; if I was technologically nimbler I’d put it up. But I thought it went pretty well, especially when he presented the pipeline as a good response to the fact that there are 45 million Americans on food stamps
Watch it at PBS NewsHour.
What you can do:
- Go to tarsandsaction.org and sign up for email updates
- Please sign a petition requesting President Obama reject the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline
More on the Keystone XL action and the Tar Sands:
- Bill McKibben’s tar sands update – hurricane edition
- Arrests continue in White House tar sands protest
- Tar sands oil pipeline could contaminate US heartland
- Bill McKibben faces jail to block Keystone tar sands…
- Keystone XL tar sands pipeline a small part of a bigger picture
- Why we should block the Keystone Tar Sands Pipeline – Sen. Bernie Sanders
(Photo: Erick Boustead via 350.org)