The protests against the sludge-oil-carrying Keystone Pipeline is growing. More arrests occurred today outside the White House, including actress Daryl Hannah this time, and protests sprung up in Minneapolis. NBC News (my emphasis):
“Sometimes it’s necessary to sacrifice your freedom for a greater freedom,” Hannah said in Lafayette Park before her arrest. “And we want to be free from the horrible death and destruction that fossil fuels cause, and have a clean energy future.”
With dozens of others, Hannah sat on the sidewalk in front of the White House and refused three requests from the Park Police to move.
The group organizing the protest, Tar Sands Action, has said the Keystone pipeline — which will stretch from Canada to the Gulf — is among the most important environmental decisions that confront the president.
An estimated 100 people were arrested outside the White House Tuesday. In Minneapolis, more than 20 protesters held up signs outside the American Legion national convention, at which President Barack Obama spoke Tuesday.
It really is down to Obama and a decision he can make alone. Will the environmentalists be the next under the bus? They’re certainly going all out to make this his signature environmental move.
Think 2012, guy. You’re going to need some non-loyalists to like you. Killing the Keystone sludge-carrying pipeline is a great place to start.
(For more on what’s wrong with that continent-length pipeline and the slow-flowing toxic goo it will contain, read this.)