A protester is arrested in front of the White House during the peaceful demonstration and civil disobedience against the Keystone XL pipeline destined to carry oil from the tar sands in Canada to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico unless President Obama denies the permit. (Aug. 29, 2011, photo © Josh Lopez and courtesy Tar Sands Action. Reprinted with permission.)
Posted by Tar Sands Action on August 29, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC -- America’s top climate scientist and a large group of religious leaders were arrested at the White House this morning with 140 other Americans protesting to push President Obama to deny the permit for a massive new oil pipeline. To date 521 people have been arrested in this protest at the White House.
Representatives of religious groups protest in front of the White House. Several religious leaders were arrested on Monday, Aug. 29. (Photo © Josh Lopez and courtesy Tar Sands Action. Reprinted with permission.)
"If Obama chooses the dirty needle it will confirm that the President was just green-washing all along, like the other well-oiled coal-fired politicians, with no real intention of solving the addiction," said NASA’s Dr. James Hansen, who was arrested at the White House this morning.
President Obama must decide whether or not to grant a "presidential permit" for a Canadian company, TransCanada, to begin construction of the Keystone XL, a 1,700 mile pipeline from the Canadian tar sands to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. ...
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