21 Aug '11, 12am

70 People Arrested in Opening Day of Tar Sands Action: Cross-posted from www.tarsandsaction.org/ 70 people from

70 People Arrested in Opening Day of Tar Sands Action: Cross-posted from www.tarsandsaction.org/ 70 people from

Our Editor, Christine Irvine at Tar Sands Action. Source: Shadia Wood 70 people from across the US and Canada were arrested at the White House this morning for the first day of a two week sit-in aimed at pressuring President Obama to deny the permit for a massive new oil pipeline. Over 2,000 more people are expected to join the daily civil disobedience over the coming days. At stake is what has quickly become the largest environmental test for President Obama before the 2012 election. The President must choose whether or not to grant a Canadian company a permit to build a 1,700 mile pipeline from the Alberta tar sands to refineries on the gulf of mexico. Environmentalists warn that the pipeline could cause a BP disaster right in America’s heartland, over the largest source of fresh drinking water in the country. The world’s top climatologist, Dr. James Hansen, has warned t...

Full article: http://itsgettinghotinhere.org/2011/08/20/70-people-arres...

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