Monday, August 22, 2011

Protesters Ask Obama to Stand Up to Big Oil (Videos) *Tar Sands Action activists arrested at White House*

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Tar Sands Action protesters at White House in August 2011


Stand Up to Big Oil. Yes, YOU! Sign the Tar Sands Action online petition here!
Tell President Obama: No to Keystone XL
"The tar sands represent a catastrophic threat to our communities, our climate, and our planet. We urge you to demonstrate real climate leadership by rejecting the requested permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and instead focus on developing safe, clean energy."


Second Day of Arrests in Front of White House NBC is reporting, "Forty-five activists protesting a proposed oil pipeline were taken away in restraints for the second straight day by U.S. Park Police. On Sunday, a large crowd formed in Lafayette Park, rallying against the unbuilt Keystone XL pipeline. Plans call for the pipeline to stretch from the tar fields in Canada all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. The group organizing the protest, Tar Sands Action, said this pipeline is the most important decision President Obama has to make on the environment. They told News4 the protests will continue for the next two weeks. On Saturday, Park Police arrested 65 protesters. Sgt. David Schlosser said the Park Police made the arrests for the violation of White House demonstration rules. He said demonstrators are required to stay in the center portion of the sidewalk in front of the White House."



Tar Sands Action: Come Join Us! A short film capturing first day of 2-weeks of sit-ins at the White House to stop the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. More info: http://tarsandsaction.org



Second Day of Arrests in Front of White House


Tell President Obama: No to Keystone XL
"The tar sands represent a catastrophic threat to our communities, our climate, and our planet. We urge you to demonstrate real climate leadership by rejecting the requested permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and instead focus on developing safe, clean energy."


MEDIA ADVISORY - Tar Sands Action
Aug 21, 2011
Day 2 of the Massive White House Sit-in To Pressure Obama on Key Environmental Decision
Over 2,000 people, including environmental leaders, scientists, and celebrities, are expected to join the two week sit-in from August 20 – September 3rd
WASHINGTON, DC — As activists from Day 1 of the Tar Sands protest continue to sit in jail, another wave of committed citizens are preparing to join them today. An estimated 50 people will go the White House this morning to pressure President Obama to deny the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. The controversial 1,700 mile project would carry tar sands oil from Canada to the U.S. and has become the most important environmental decision facing President Obama before the 2012 election. Over the course of two weeks, 2,000 people from all 50 states are expected to take part in the two-week sit-in.At 10:30 AM on today, the activists will gather in Lafeyette Square Park to launch the weeks of protest and then march across Pennsylvania Ave. to the White House to sit-in and risk arrest. Yesterday’s event featured notable figures such as McKibben and Gus Speth, a top environmental advisor to multiple presidents and founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Both remain in jail until Monday. A calendar of featured spokespeople and delegations from across the country is listed attarsandsaction.org/press. Who: Corporate Ethics International Campaigner Kenny Bruno, Jane Kleeb of Bold Nebraska, and hundreds of others. What: Day 2 of the sit-in at the White House Where: Lafeyette Square Park, facing the White House, before marching over to the White House fence. When: 10:30 AM, Sunday, August 21


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Tar Sands Action
Aug 20, 2011
70 People Arrested at White House to Stop Massive Oil Pipeline
First wave of over 2,000 people expected to risk arrest over two week protest
WASHINGTON, DC — 70 people arrested from across the country were arrested today at the White House for taking part in a sit-in to pressure President Obama to deny the permit for a massive new oil pipeline. Those arrested included leading environmentalist Bill McKibben, former White House official and Yale dean Gus Speth, and gay rights activist Lt. Dan Choi. Over 2,000 more people are expected to take part in similar sit-ins at the White House every day for the next two weeks. The Park Police arrested the first protestor, a young woman from Wasilla, Alaska, at 11:30 AM this morning and were still arresting people one-by-one at 12:30 AM. (1) In what has quickly emerged as President’s biggest environmental test before the 2012 election, the Obama Administration must decide if it will grant a permit to a Canadian company, TransCanada, to allow it to build the Keystone XL, a 1,700 mile long pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, down along the spine of the U.S. to the Gulf Coast. “It’s not the easiest thing on earth for law-abiding folk to come risk arrest. But this pipeline has emerged as the single clear test of the president’s willingness to fight for the environment,” said environmentalist and author Bill McKibben, who is spearheading the protests and was arrested this morning. “So I wore my Obama ’08 button, and I carry a great deal of hope in my heart that we will see that old Obama emerge. ”If built, the pipeline could bring as much as 900,000 barrels per day through the U.S., and put fresh water, clean air and the climate at risk. The world’s most famous climatologist, NASA’s Dr. James Hansen, wrote that if the pipeline is built and the tar sands are fully developed, it is essentially “game over” for the climate. (2) Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT-I) and celebrities Mark Ruffalo, Thom Yorke, Danny Glover, and Josh Fox and have endorsed the protest. Twenty of the nation’s top scientists also wrote a letter urging President Obama to stop the pipeline. (3) Over the next two weeks the sit-ins will feature a diverse coalition of Americans, including a large contingent of landowners and ranchers along the pipeline route. “Nebraskans are counting on President Obama to do the right thing,” said Jane Kleeb, Director of Bold Nebraska, who was at the White House to encourage protesters on Saturday. “Back home we are fighting to protect our land and water. We decided to bring that fight to the President’s doorstep because our families’ legacies, those that homesteaded the very land now threatened by a foreign oil company, are too important for us sit on the sidelines. We are acting on our values and expect our President to act as well.”


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