The Tar Sands Action wrapped up last Saturday, and I have to say it was a truly amazing thing to watch transpire. In all, 1,253 people were arrested protesting the expansion of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
But more than that, they were protesting what the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has come to represent: the expansion of fossil fuels infrastructure in this country at the behest of fossil fuels industries who have used the inordinate influence they have over our political leaders to shape public policy for their own benefit. As RAN’s executive director, Becky Tarbotton, wrote last week: “With these protests, the Keystone XL pipeline has become the current symbol, the line-in-the-sand for the climate movement.”
The Tar Sands Action was just phase one, though. If the Obama Administration approves Keystone XL, or continues to green-light the expansion of fossil fuels infrastructure in general — and last Friday’s stealth attack on EPA regulations does not bode well — we will be back at the White House again in the near future, you can count on that. So check out this video and get inspired for phase two:
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The message outside the White House these past two weeks was loud and clear: We don’t want dirty fossil fuels any more. We’re ready and willing to make the clean energy revolution happen, and we want our federal government to do its part. Help spread this video far and wide if you agree.