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.

Related Reading:

State Department Ignores Risks, Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

Keystone XL Protest Update: Over 500 Arrested [Video]

Leaks, Lies Discovered In U.S.-Canada Keystone Pipeline

Canadian Government Says Emissions From Tar Sands Could Double

Image Credit: Flickr – tarsandsaction

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Tom Sullivan
Tom C Sullivan4 years ago

Right On power to the people, wish I could be there, I made the phone call.

Victoria M.
Past Member 4 years ago

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Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle4 years ago

I'M SO PROUD OF THEM! Wish I were in D.C.! I've signed petitions for months, posted on Facebook, and tomorrow, I call the White House hot line: 202-456-1111. Please, everyone! Our children's lives are at stake!

Theo C.
Theo C.4 years ago

We can no longer afford to back down from the oil and coal interests, from the lies and distortions of the climate deniers, from the delaying tactics of the self-interested, from the people who don't care about the future where our children and grandchildren are going to live.

Unless we fight back now, humanity will lose the fight, with consequences that will abide for millennia. These climate warriors are this generations' heroes.

Dave C.
Dave C.4 years ago

thanks to all these smart, brave and forward thinking persons who are giving of their time to try and do what is best for the world of today and tomorrow...

we need to listen to our youth, because one day we won't be here, but they will still have to inherit and live with the world we leave them....

Carla E.
Carla Elchesen4 years ago

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE LAWYERS REPRESENTING ALL THOSE ARRESTED, ALL THOSE STILL PROTESTING & THOSE OF YOU WHO COMMENTED ON THIS BOARD: It is our Constitutional right, via the First Amendment (and I quote), "'the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances"... It's called "FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY"! ...And what the hell happened to this right?!?!?!

Gloria H.
Gloria H.4 years ago

hmmm can I be arrested by proxy? Not living there, but there in spirit.

Patrick F.
Patrick f.4 years ago

elemental jim a. Robert O. doesn't read, he writes...the same nonsense over and over. He is one of the rare ones here that post comments but doesn't read or care about anyone else's point of view. Must think HIS point of view is the only one that matters on this site.....

Matilda H.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks protesters!

elemental jim A.
James A.4 years ago

re-Robert O... Read much? Guess not...

"After 12 Oil Spills in One Year, TransCanada Says Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline Will Be Safest in U.S." Crazy, right?

"One year later, the company has seen twelve oil spills from its brand new, state-of-the art pipeline — with one “six-story geyser” dumping 21,000 gallons of oil in North Dakota."

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