23 Aug '11, 4pm

A union member and onetime pipeline worker explains why he's joining the fight against the tar sands.

A union member and onetime pipeline worker explains why he's joining the fight against the tar sands.

Photo: Simon Li Sometimes a decision forces you to think deeply about what you believe in and how you act on those beliefs. It happened to me when climate protection leader Bill McKibben asked me to sign a letter calling for civil disobedience to block the building of a pipeline designed to carry tar-sands oil from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. Opposing the pipeline might strain ties with unions that I've worked with and been part of for my whole adult life. And yet the pipeline might be a tipping point that could hurtle us into a desperate acceleration of climate change. Amid these conflicting pulls, what should I do? Having lived at the confluence of trade unionism and environmentalism, I struggled with the right course of action. What has my life's work meant? I was born into a union family. My dad worked in the steel mills in Lorain, Ohio and was a founder of the Stee...

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