Protests against tar sands pipeline continue at White House

It’s Day 3 of the protests in front of the White House against the tar sands pipeline. There was another round of arrests, 52, according to Think Progress.

The NY Times editorialized against the pipeline:

This page opposes the building of a 1,700-mile pipeline called the Keystone XL, which would carry diluted bitumen — an acidic crude oil — from Canada’s Alberta tar sands to the Texas Gulf Coast. We have two main concerns: the risk of oil spills along the pipeline, which would traverse highly sensitive terrain, and the fact that the extraction of petroleum from the tar sands creates far more greenhouse emissions than conventional production does.

This pipeline, which the Canadians are trying to force on us, has the makings of an environmental disaster on several levels.

One of the first arrestees, Mike Tidwell from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, explained why the President is on the receiving end of the protests:

And, he also provided some insight into the thinking of the Park Police. They’re trying to intimidate the protesters. That’s a bad idea:

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