“On November 19 2012 in East Texas, Lizzie Alvarado, Ben Reynoso and Julie Henry climbed up sixty feet into trees to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and prevent the destruction of a swath of forest. The lifelines supporting their platforms were tied to construction equipment, preventing any work from being done. After a nine hour stand-off with police and workers, a cherry picker arrived. A crowd of local supporters surged into the road to block the truck but were dispersed when a sheriff emptied an entire can of police-grade pepper spray into the crowd. Police used the cherry picker to take all three tree-sitters into custody. Ben, Lizzy and Julie were each charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass, felony mischief, and felony use of a criminal instrument. Altogether, these charges could lead to imprisonment for several years and fines of tens of thousands of dollars.”
The Keystone XL Pipeline is a game changer; a behemoth of oil and carbon-emitting nightmares that our own president approved the construction of, an about-face on his supposed fight of climate change that still leaves us reeling. Amid the protests, controversy, and massive scientific evidence that building this thing will do nothing but destroy our earth, a motley crew of individuals have taken to direct action put a stop to this menace.
That would be the Tar Sands Blockade, and I’m proud to call one of their activists, Julie Henry, my friend. As you read above, she was involved in an action last year that could result in massive fines and jail time, and I encourage those who support her cause, and the cause of protecting our country and earth from the woes of fossil fuel, to donate.
The construction of this pipeline will not reduce gas prices, it will not reduce our foreign oil consumption, it will not create jobs, and it will destroy sensitive lands throughout the US, drive native tribes and other residents out of their homes. It will also spill (as these pipelines are built to), and release more than enough carbon into the atmosphere (through drilling, transport, and burning) to wreck the earth for good. See more facts and figures here.
I don’t know about you, but I would like a livable earth in 50 years. For that to happen, we have to fight today! As CrimethInc says, expect resistance!