Youth Leaders Demand Justice As Keystone XL Protest Continues
With the total number of arrests nearing almost 900, the 14-day protest of the Keystone XL oil pipeline seems to be gathering speed rather than slowing down.
Yesterday, the sit-in organized by Tar Sands Action topped Google News for most of the afternoon, meaning that the action was one of the most talked about stories on the entire internet.
Later in the day, former Vice President and climate activist Al Gore used his own blog to praise the protesters’ bravery and soundly condemn the Keystone XL pipeline:
“This pipeline would be an enormous mistake. The answer to our climate, energy and economic challenges does not lie in burning more dirty fossil fuels —instead, we must continue to press for much more rapid development of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and cuts in the pollution that causes global warming.”
Many of those participating in the protest are young people disappointed with Obama’s lack of action regarding human-made climate change and fossil fuel corporations who seem dedicated to continuing it.
Today, youth climate leaders from WeArePowerShift released an open letter to the President, reminding him of his April 2011 commitment to stand up to big polluter attacks on the Clean Air Act and put an end to big oil subsidies:
In an act of civil disobedience, we stand together today and risk arrest in front of the White House to demand that President Obama stand up to these big corporate interests, reject the Keystone XL Pipeline permit, and put an end to this corporate-dominated madness. The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would further open up disastrous mining on indigenous lands in Alberta, Canada. The pipeline would then take this toxic and corrosive crude across the country down to the Gulf Coast, threatening communities with spills and health impacts all along the way. It would release enormous amounts of global warming pollution, further fueling the climate crisis. Bottom-line: it threatens our future and we can’t let it happen.
Image Credit: Flickr – tarsandsaction