More than 86,000 say they’d risk arrest over oil pipeline

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On Mon/3, nine environmental activists were arrested in San Francisco for marching through the financial district and entering One Spear Tower, the building that houses local offices of the State Department, to express opposition to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

A day earlier, a mass protest against the oil pipeline was staged outside the White House in Washington, D.C. Roughly 200 protesters were arrested after using plastic zip ties to lock themselves to the White House fence.

Meanwhile, thousands more have made a vow – at least in the sense of clicking to add their name to a petition – to engage in peaceful civil disobedience if President Barack Obama grants ultimate approval for the oil infrastructure project, which would transport 830,000 barrels of crude oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Nonprofit Credo Action has created an online petition urging people to get ready to respond with peaceful civil disobedience if the pipeline wins final approval.

The Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the project was released by the State Department on Jan. 31, setting in motion a process that will likely conclude in early May, when Secretary of State John Kerry is to submit a formal recommendation to Obama regarding whether the pipeline is aligned with our “national interest.”

If Kerry recommends approval, Credo and a host of participating organizations including the San Francisco-based Rainforest Action Network and 350.org will ask everyone who has signed the petition to make good on their “pledge of resistance.” 

At last check, 86,442 had signed the pledge. (It’s unknown how many checked the box stating “I am not comfortable with the risk of being arrested, but would volunteer to support those able to do so.”)

Here’s the statement “signed” by the critical mass of digital activists:

"I pledge, if necessary, to join others in my community, and engage in acts of dignified, peaceful civil disobedience that could result in my arrest in order to send the message to President Obama and his administration that they must reject the Keystone XL pipeline."

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Going there is far from easy, Repeat felons can do hard time without a blink but the average effete SF liberal would be crying for his mom within 30 minutes of arriving at central booking. And they say the first night is the worst - fresh meat, and all.

Anyhoo, we need this pipeline to get off dependency on the crazy arabs. Just build the damn thing already.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 3:13 pm

"More than 86,000 say they’d risk arrest over oil pipeline"

LOL. Let's approve the pipeline, and let's see how many of the 86,000 are actually willing to get arrested.

Posted by racer さ on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 3:54 pm

OK, having been arrested a dozen times in political protests, I now realize there are better things to do with my time. I did 90 days in jail.

I choose instead to petition, door to door, for a solar feed in tariff ( FiT ) to require PG&E to pay home owners $0.49 kwh for feeding solar onto the grid.

For my way of thinking, this is the best way to stop the KXL crack pipeline, stop fracking and build a solar economy.

Germany & much of Europe has shut down fracking by going Solar this way. By 2022, Germany will shut down all nukes, just by going 100% solar.
In fact, this May 2014, Germany will achieve the world green title,
by generating 50% of its total energy from wind, solar & hydro.
News you will not read in the US.
Solar is inevitable.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 8:33 pm

Your journey is in vain.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 8:51 pm

as is the whole American government. They go around the world lecturing other governments on human rights, but in reality they only like democracy if the people vote for a government they agree with.

In Ukraine you had bona-fide, open neo-Nazis burning buildings and murdering police, but they were the "good guys" while the government was violating their human rights! Violent overthrow of the elected government is Kerry's idea of democracy.

In Venezuela, "peaceful protesters" are burning buses, clinics and food stores, shooting and decapitating innocent passers-by (oh yes, decapitating http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/10391). Nothing is too extreme to provoke destabilization -destabilization of a government that has just won two elections in the course of a year -elections which the Carter Center has called the best in the world. But Obama and Kerry are calling on the "regime" to respect the human rights of "peaceful protesters."

Well then, if that's the case, let me borrow the phraseology and call upon the American regime to respect the human rights of its citizens in the wake of the mass arrests of (truly) peaceful protesters in Washington. Perhaps we need to convene a meeting of the Security Council and decide what sanctions to place upon members of the American regime. No options should be off the table, including freezing assets that key members of the regime hold abroad.

Posted by Greg on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 12:00 am

Wherever in the world there are fascists, Greg will be licking their boots!

Posted by racer さ on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 5:59 am

Here is what Wikipedia says about Svoboda, one of the 3 main parties now comprising the coup government in Ukraine:
" It is positioned on the right of the Ukrainian political spectrum,[12][2][13][14][15] and has also been described as far-right,[16][4][17][18] fascistic or anti-semitic.[19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26]"

Note the copious footnotes, which you can check. When you call a party fascistic or anti-Semitic, you need to back it up well.

This is the party credited with doing the heavy lifting in overthrowing the democratically elected government in Ukraine. They're not the only ones, but they're the meanest, the strongest, most heavily armed, and proved to be the ones most willing to kill to get their way. They were rewarded for their role with 5 positions in the cabinet of the self-appointed "government," including the vice presidency and Ministry of Defense. They've been put in control of the military and the police in the coup government.

Who is licking the boots of fascists, me or you?

Posted by Greg on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 8:04 am

opportunistic that it gives me neck-ache trying to keep up with you.

Do you ever stop talking and ask what most americans want? Or are you more interested in telling people what you think they should want?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 8:22 am

or you for that matter. I'm against far-right fascists wherever they are. The regime in Washington only pretends to oppose fascism. Neo-Nazi extremists are bad except when they support US corporate interests.

Well I guess that's a form of consistency in its own way....

Posted by Greg on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 8:44 am

Because the elected officials in DC are not to your taste, you whine about them all the time. But we elected them, not you.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 8:57 am

You can't give any facts to rebut what Greg wrote so all you can post is one lame-ass, pathetic post. Give up trying to argue Guest when you have no idea wtf you're talking about. Greg hit with you with actual facts, facts from a credible source. And this is what you come back with??? The dictionary should have a pic of you under the word, "pathetic."

Posted by Guest on Mar. 07, 2014 @ 9:50 pm

But only in the Ukraine, of course.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 6:46 am

in America, if mobs were burning government buildings (with people inside them) throughout the country, while setting up barricades paralyzing the capital, occupying government buildings (not just peacefully camping outside like Occupy), calling for a revolution by any means necessary?

And when the government tries to disperse the protesters, instead of peacefully filing into the paddy wagons like HUNDREDS of people did during Occupy and in DC the other day, they instead violently attack the police with clubs, Molotov cocktails, and live ammunition, killing 13 of America's precious heroes in blue in the process.

I'll tell you what would happen. The streets would run red with blood in the Land of the Free.

Posted by Greg on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 8:15 am

As long as they have pizza, beer and reality TV, they are content.

But it is touching to see you expressing sympathy for police, even if it is a world away.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 8:24 am

Hell hath no fury like a middle class American scorned.

Posted by marcos on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 9:00 am

own comfort and ease. Maybe if we were invaded, they would stir. And they got pretty antsy about 9/11.

But the rest? Nah.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 9:11 am

Imagine the hilarity that would ensue from Washington were Russia to invest billions in destabilizing the electorally illegitimate government of Mexico, made so by the CIA with intent to remove the elected president and split the country north/south, and then to assert political control over Cuba to kick the US out of Guantanamo!

It is only bad when others do it, when the President of the United states does it, it is by definition legal.

Posted by marcos on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 8:13 am

Doesn't the Monroe declaration still apply?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 8:25 am

In a second petition, the same 86,000 people signed up to provide Greg with the bukkake experience of a lifetime.

Posted by Chromefields on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 11:10 am

But hey, Greg did say that he is a "sex-positive feminist" so now is his chance to really know how that feels.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 11:24 am

"sex-positive feminist" = "put something in my butt"

Posted by Chromefields on Mar. 07, 2014 @ 11:44 am

anally reamed, but he'd do it in support of the sistah's. Taking one for the other team, as it were.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 07, 2014 @ 11:56 am

830,000 barrels (BPD ???) of crude oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast

please note that glaring omission.

Posted by Guestforaccuracyinreporting on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 12:58 pm

If venture capitalists were allowed to do what they do best,developing green alternative energy,without being regulated and demonized on every level, we would not nead a pipeline. We would easily lead the world in green energy.

Posted by Bill on Mar. 07, 2014 @ 5:31 pm

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