Wednesday, August 24, 2011

White House Day 5: Gulf Coast residents arrested halting tar sands

Gulf Coast residents arrested Aug 24/Photo Ben Powless, Mohawk
Gulf Coast residents arrested/Photo Shadia Fayne Wood

Gulf Coast residents Bryan Parras and Cherri Foytlin Sit-in at the White House.

Nation’s Largest Environmental Organizations Stand Together To Oppose Oil Pipeline
By Tar Sands Action
Photo by Shadia Fayne Wood
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Washington, DC — The heads of the nation’s largest environmental organizations—often at odds on the best strategy for combating climate change—released a letter today calling on President Obama to block the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would span from the tar sands of Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico.
As another 56 people headed to jail today in the largest civil disobedience protests in the environmental movement’s recent history, the leaders of groups as diverse as Greenpeace and the Environmental Defense Fund told the president, “there is not an inch of daylight between our policy position on the Keystone XL pipeline, and those of the protesters being arrested daily outside the White House.”
“On an issue as complicated as climate, there will often be disagreements over tactics and goals—just recall the differences over the Senate climate bill this time last year,” said Bill McKibben, one of the organizers of the protests for tarsandsaction.org. “But there are some projects so obviously dangerous that they unify everyone, and the Keystone XL pipeline is the best example yet.”
The leaders of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, the National Wildlife Federation, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and the Rainforest Action Network also made it clear they counted on President Obama to take decisive action to block the pipeline. Read more at Tar Sands Action:

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