5:00 AM Sunday morning, more than 20 Wesleyan students boarded a bus to Washington, D.C. to join 12,000 climate activists in protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline. Obama will soon have to make the decision whether or not to sign off on the pipeline, which will bring crude oil from the tar sands of Alberta across the U.S. to the Gulf Coast where it will be refined and then exported to Europe and Latin America. We went to show him that there is political might against the pipeline and he needs to just say no.
Follow the jump to read a full report of the protest and see pics!!!
What? MASSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL DEMONSTRATION IN WASHINGTON D.C.
Why? To demand that Obama say “no” to the construction of an oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. OBAMA CAN CANCEL THE PROJECT. Our demonstration symbolically falls one year before the 2012 presidential election–he’ll get the point.
This is what’s at stake:
When? NOVEMBER 5-6 (This is Parents’ Weekend… tell your parents to visit some other time!)
Where? Washington, D.C. Leaders of the climate movement are organizing an action in which we’ll encircle the White House. We’ll put pressure on Obama to uphold the environmental commitments that were part of his platform in 2008.
NASA climatologist James Hansen, who discovered global warming, said that this pipeline would be “essentially game-over for the climate.” We have never been faced with a project that would have such catastrophic environmental consequences. Earth’s temperature continues to rise at a scary rate, and these environmental consequences would immediately translate to social and economic consequences.
WE CAN DO OUR BEST TO PREVENT THIS PIPELINE FROM BEING BUILT.