Climate activist who are promoting the dangers of global warming created by CO2 emissions are protesting the development of a pipe line from Canada’s oil sands to the US gulf coast. The latest protest was out side the White House, where 65 people were arrested.
The story is in The Hill:
Police arrested 65 environmentalists outside the White House Saturday as they staged a demonstration urging President Obama to block a proposed pipeline that would bring oil from Canada’s oil sands projects to Gulf Coast refineries.
The civil disobedience launched two-weeks of White House demonstrations – with more arrests to come – as activists seek to increase political pressure on Obama over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
The Obama administration is weighing TransCanada Corp.’s proposed $7 billion, 1,700-mile line to bring crude from Alberta’s massive oil sands projects to the Texas Gulf Coast.
The pipeline needs State Department approval to proceed, and the Obama administration plans to make a decision by the end of the year.
People arrested include Bill McKibben, the prominent climate activist and founder of 350.org; Jane Hamsher, who founded the popular liberal blog Firedoglake; and Gus Speth, whose career includes co-founding the Natural Resources Defense Council and chairing the White House Council on Environmental Quality in the Carter Administration.
You can read the rest of the article here. It is clear these protester are focused on the near term. If we are truly on the cusp of the next grand minimum, then we will need that Canadian oils to heat our homes and keep the lights on. If we do not buy the oil, Canada has is threatening to build the pipe line to the west coast and sell the oil to China. This will not stop the environmental damage claimed by the protestors, and US customers will not have the oil. These protestors need to step back and take a larger view of the world.
Here are some links to detail on what is really happening in the Canadian Oil Sands from Ron Bailey at Reason Magazine: