Feb 13, 2013 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits
Excerpted from E2 Wire: With chants of “Hey, Obama, we don’t want no climate drama” urging them on, about 50 activists were arrested outside the White House Wednesday while protesting the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.
Among those taken into custody were actress Daryl Hannah and civil rights activist and former politician Julian Bond.
Green groups led the effort, escalating their pressure on President Obama — who has final say on the pipeline because it crosses into Canada — to nix the project.
“The Keystone pipeline has become the purest test that there’s ever been on whether the president is serious about doing something about climate change or not,” climate activist and 350.org founder Bill McKibben said in a speech at Lafayette Square before he and 47 others eventually zip-tied themselves to the White House gate.
The Sierra Club engaged in civil disobedience for the first time in its 120-year history, highlighting the emphasis the environmental community is placing on the pipeline.
The move underscores the prominence green groups are giving the issue as part of a larger effort to prod the president to take executive action on climate issues.
Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, who was arrested in the protest, said he wasn’t concerned about potentially burning his group’s political capital on an administration decision that many observers feel could go either way.
“We don’t make calculations based on whether it increases our political brand inside the Beltway. We make decisions on what does our country need in order to realize a clean-energy future,” Brune told The Hill.