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70 People Arrested in Opening Day of Tar Sands Action

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.
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BR> 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....


"It's not the easiest thing on earth for law-abiding folk to come risk arrest. But this pipeline has emerged as the single clear test of the president's willingness to fight for the environment," said environmentalist and author Bill McKibben, who is spearheading the protests and was arrested this morning. "So I wore my Obama '08 button, and I carry a great deal of hope in my heart that we will see that old Obama emerge. It's hot out here today, especially when you're wearing a suit and tie. But it's nowhere near as hot as it's going to get if we lose this fight......."


homepage: homepage: http://www.tarsandsaction.org

Ustream from DC on Sat 8/20/ 20.Aug.2011 14:25

Ben Waiting

LIVE STREAMS from Wshington DC is happening right now


not live anymore 20.Aug.2011 19:17


The stream goes into the arrests and then it goes back to the beginning. What's up?

looks like 20.Aug.2011 21:25

for now

the girl streaming got arrested