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Intro: "Eight people climbed 80 feet into trees in the path of Keystone XL construction, and pledged not to come down until the pipeline is stopped for good. Construction cannot proceed until tree-sitters descend and TransCanada clear-cuts through hundreds of trees to make way for the toxic tar sands pipeline."

Eight people have climbed trees in Texas to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline. 'We are defending our homes, our communities clean drinking water, our land rights, and a stable, livable climate.' (photo: Tar Sands Blockade)
Eight people have climbed trees in Texas to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline. 'We are defending our homes, our communities clean drinking water, our land rights, and a stable, livable climate.' (photo: Tar Sands Blockade)


Eight People Climb Trees to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline

By Mel Fabrikant, Paramus Post

25 September 12

 

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eptember 24, 2012, Eight people climbed 80 feet into trees in the path of Keystone XL construction, and pledged not to come down until the pipeline is stopped for good. Construction cannot proceed until tree-sitters descend and TransCanada clear-cuts through hundreds of trees to make way for the toxic tar sands pipeline.

The blockade is carefully organized to ensure that everyone sitting in the trees can remain safe as long as TransCanada does not attempt to continue clear-cutting the trees. These ardent advocates of landowner's rights and climate justice have the safety equipment and food supplies to last indefinitely.

"Today I climbed a tree in the path of Keystone XL to demand TransCanada stop construction of this dirty and dangerous pipeline. This pipeline is a disaster for everyone it touches, from the cancer tar sands extraction is causing indigenous communities, to the water poisoned by inevitable tar sands spills, to the landowners whose land has been seized, and to everyone that will be affected by climate change," said Mary Washington, one of the Tar Sands Blockade members sitting in a tree.

This blockade is a continuation of an unprecedented summer of actions against fossil fuel infrastructure across America, from Montana to Ohio to New York. As a record heat wave baked the country, Americans stood up in unheard of numbers to oppose fossil fuels that are contributing to climate change.

"Climate change killed half a billion trees in Texas last year - and if TransCanada cuts these down, then the dirty tar sands they send down the pipeline will trigger yet more out-of-control warming," said climate activist Bill McKibben, who helped lead huge protests in Washington, DC against the pipeline last fall.

Tar Sands Blockade is a growing alliance of climate justice organizers, Tea Party members and affected landowners using sustained civil disobedience to stop construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The Blockade has already successfully shut down Keystone XL construction for two entire days with daylong actions.

"Today's bold action by these eight brave people demonstrates their resolve to stop this dirty and dangerous pipeline. They understand the severity of the threat and that taking action is less risky than doing nothing," said Ron Seifert, a spokesperson with Tar Sands Blockade. "We are defending our homes, our communities clean drinking water, our land rights, and a stable, livable climate."

See Also: Photos And Video - Eight People Climb Trees And Start Indefinite Tree Sit to Stop Keystone XL

 

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+3 # ewokky 2012-09-25 07:24
This article is lacking key information. The lower end of the XL pipeline, from Cushing, OK to the gulf is needed for American oil. As production has increased there is insufficient pipeline capacity to reach refineries in the gulf. The pipeline would only be used for Canadian tar sands oil if the northern part of the pipeline is built (from Canada to Oklahoma). The northern part has not been approved and hopefully never will be.

Please note, I am not a fossil fuel fan. I have never understood why so many people think we can take millions of years of carbon store out of the ground and put it into our air and water without major repercussions, like global warming.

However, I think it is hurts overall efforts when protest efforts are mis-reported in news articles like this.
 
 
+3 # Pikewich 2012-09-25 13:06
I agree with you ewokky that this article is misleading. But any section of new pipeline to increase production is a move in the wrong direction, in my opinion. We will be better off if we find ways to reduce our addiction to oil and replace it with sustainable alternatives, including getting out of our cars and doing local errands on our bicycles.
 

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