06 Oct '11, 12pm

With the Keystone Pipeline, Drawing a Line in the Tar Sands

With the Keystone Pipeline, Drawing a Line in the Tar Sands For environmentalists protesting the Keystone XL pipeline, the battle is about more than just transporting tar sands oil from Alberta. It’s about whether the United States — and the rest of the world — will finally come to its senses about global warming. by bill mckibben In the last three years, three things have happened to the climate movement, one political, one meteorological, and one geological. Taken together, they explain why 1,253 people were arrested outside the White House in late summer protesting the Keystone XL pipeline — and why that protest may be the start of something big and desperate. Here’s the political thing: When Barack Obama was elected , he carried with him the hopes of people the world around that something might finally happen to break the 20-year stalemate that had prevented meaningful...

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