This Is What A Hero Looks Like

Image by: tarsandsaction

(The above pic comes from the tarsandsaction Flickr feed which is being constantly updated with the day’s events.)

Bill McKibben is leading this week’s Keystone XL pipeline protests in thought, words and actions. The picture above shows him being arrested at a sit-in in front of the White House.  President Obama has sole authority on the treaty with Canada that is necessary to begin work on the pipeline.  Bill and his compatriots are trying to convince the president not to sign off on the deal.  This pic shows the direct destruction caused by tar sand mining:

Before and after?: a forest in northern Alberta staked out by tar sands prospectors and the Suncor Millennium tar sands site, Alberta in the March 2009 issue of National Geographic (Photo: Peter Essick) (Caption via Kimberly Mok. Click on the image for her full article.)

If  they build the pipeline, this highly polluting resource will increase the pressure on the environment, while providing perverse incentives as it will increase the pool of available fossil fuels.  This would likely delay the needed shift to renewable resources.

Will the protesters win the day?  We’ll have to wait and see.  I don’t believe that a couple thousand people taking part in an act of civil disobedience can be ignored by the oval office.  I have to believe the will make the difference.

“It’s not too late at all. You just don’t yet know what you are capable of.” Mahatma Gandhi

Yearning for more?  Yesterday’s post covered another climate activist, Tim DeChristopher, who is currently serving two years for his efforts to call attention to an unjust auction of federal lands.

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