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Rainforest Action Network Statement in Support of Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 2

CONTACT:
Nell Greenberg, 510.847.9777

San Francisco, CA— After nearly five hours of deliberations, today a jury has convicted eco-activist Tim DeChristopher, 29, of two felonies for placing false bids at an oil and gas lease auction. DeChristopher could face as much as 10 years in prison.

In response, Rebecca Tarbotton, executive director of Rainforest Action Network, issued the following statement.

“Rainforest Action Network stands in solidarity with Tim DeChristopher whose commitment to protecting our most precious natural resources, our air, water and climate—despite the consequences on his own freedom—is profound.

“If the government or the oil and gas industry think that today’s verdict has intimidated or will silence people of conscience, they can think again. We are emboldened and inspired by Tim’s actions and commitment to protect our health and our climate, and we will follow in his lead.

“One of the Obama administration’s first acts upon taking office was to cancel the very oil and gas drilling leases that DeChristopher was protesting. It is unconscionable that the same Administration is choosing to persecute the brave, young man who first stood up against these dangerous, dirty energy leases.”

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Rainforest Action Network runs hard-hitting campaigns to break America’s fossil fuels addiction, protect endangered forests and Indigenous rights, and stop destructive investments around the world through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. For more information, please visit: www.ran.org

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Rainforest Action Network runs hard-hitting campaigns to break North America’s fossil fuels addiction, protect endangered forests and Indigenous rights, and stop destructive investments around the world through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. For more information, please visit: www.ran.org

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