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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-15-13 04:43 PM
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Robert & Conor Kennedy, Darryl Hannah, Julian Bond, etc., arrested near White House (Keystone)
Celebs, enviros arrested at WH pipeline protest
By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press
Updated 3:23 pm, Wednesday, February 13, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) Celebrities and environmental activists, including lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and civil rights leader Julian Bond, were arrested Wednesday after tying themselves to the White House gate to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.

Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune also was arrested the first time in the group's 120-year history that a club leader was arrested in an act of civil disobedience. The club's board of directors approved the action as a sign of its opposition to the $7 billion pipeline, which would carry oil derived from tar sands in western Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Activist Bill McKibben, actress Daryl Hannah and NASA climate scientist James Hansen also were arrested, along with more than 40 others. They were charged with failure to disperse and obey lawful orders, and released on $100 bond each.

The protesters are demanding that President Barack Obama reject the pipeline, which they say would carry "dirty oil" that contributes to global warming. They also worry about a spill.


The 4-year-old project has become a flashpoint in the debate over climate change, with opponents labeling it a "carbon bomb" that could trigger global warming. Supporters call that rhetoric overblown and say Obama should approve the pipeline as part of his "all of the above" energy policy, which encourages a wide range of domestic energy development.

In an interview before his arrest, Brune said civil disobedience was justified because of the threat posed by tar sands oil, which is difficult to produce and emits significantly more greenhouse gases than conventional oil. The Sierra Club is the nation's oldest and largest environmental group and generally shies away from extreme tactics.

"We want to send a strong message that we expect the president's ambitions to meet the scale of the challenge and reject a pipeline that carries dirty, thick oil" that contributes to global warming, Brune said. The president's supporters want Obama to "fight with both fists" against climate change, Brune said.

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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-16-13 05:07 AM
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1. These celebrities and environmental activists
have my most sincere admiration. The government protectors of big pollution? Not so much.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-16-13 06:22 AM
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2. Celebrities have a lot to lose by participating.
Not someone like Hannah, whom I believe is an heiress. Still, apparently her career had meaning for her beyond money and she is gifted. Not everyone could pull off playing a mermaid even semi-believably. And the goofy, frumpy character whom she played in Steel Magnolias.

If a producer feels your politics could cause a signficant portion of what's left of movie ticket buyers, odds are you will not get cast.

Then again, some celebrities also have a lot to gain. Would Pete Seeger or Bob Dylan have had careers that were as successful as theirs had they not spoke for causes? (Dylan claims that he never did so intentionally, but give me a damned break, Bob. Blowin' in the Wind and Maggie's Farm were not neutral songs. Neither were the ones you wrote during your Born Again period. (warning: shall we say, not the most objectively-written wiki article?)

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