We took a bus from Rutgers U. in NJ to Wash. DC to join 35,000-50,000 people to protest the Keystone XL (KXL) oil pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Alberta Canada to refineries in the Gulf Coast. Other controversial projects such as fracking, drilling in the Arctic and regulating smokestacks and refineries, were topics of the protest.|
The bottom line is we should be investing in clean energy like solar and wind which don't produce greenhouse gasses rather than technologies which might lower the price of oil at the expense of the environment.
It was the largest rally on climate change in U.S. history.
The rally was sponsored by national groups like the The Sierra Club, 350.org, Hip Hop Caucus, and Food & Water Watch, plus many local groups.
We then walked around the White House, with chants like:
Opposition to the pipeline led the Sierra Club to lift a long-standing ban on civil disobedience for the sake of opposing the pipeline's construction. The club's executive director, Michael Brune, was arrested at a Wednesday protest outside the White House.
It was my first big protest rally since People's Park in Berkeley in 1971 *.
I can't say that the Keystone XL oil pipeline is on my top 10 list of environmental, political or social problems in the world, but Big Oil's stranglehold on Washington is in my top 2 or 3 and KXL seems to be the best poster child for that right now.
* I have participated in local rallies and testified at planning board meetings and Board of Public Utilities hearings, and lobbied my congressman on environmental issues, but this is my first "big" rally.