Skip to comments.Police continue to arrest environmentalist protesters at the White House
Posted on 08/23/2011 6:33:46 AM PDT by markomalley
United States Park Police arrested another gaggle of protesters outside of the White House Monday. The protesters were participating in an ongoing demonstration against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
Police arrested 52 protesters for blocking the sidewalk in front of the White House, the third round of mass arrests since the protests began on Saturday. The protesters are calling on President Barack Obama not to approve the Keystone XL pipeline a proposed expansion of an existing line that would transport crude oil from the Athabasca Oil Sands in Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Illinois and Oklahoma, and down to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
So far, 162 people have been arrested since the protest began Saturday. The event, Tar Sands Action, will continue through Sept. 3. More than 2,000 people have registered to take part in the sit-ins.
Environmentalists contend the pipeline will damage the areas it runs through, such as the Nebraska Sandhills, and contribute to carbon emissions. The protesters at Mondays demonstration wore pro-Obama buttons and called on the president to honor his campaign promises.
Obama said he was going to take care of the environment, said Brad Teal, one of the demonstrators. And now wed like to get him to honor that commitment.
I canvassed and knocked on doors for Obama, and he promised he would stand up to big oil, said Jamie Nolan, the communications director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. He cant let us down. (RELATED: EPAs new ozone regulations overburden local governments, say critics)
The protesters, however, appear to be directing their non-violent resistance at the wrong government building. When asked for comment on the demonstrations, White House spokesman Clark Stevens said the pipeline project is currently being reviewed by the State Department.
The State Department is assessing the project on behalf of the federal government, Stevens said. That process is ongoing, including receiving important input from the public and stakeholders. I would refer you to the State Department for details on the review process.
President Obama is on vacation on Marthas Vineyard.
The United States Park Police did not respond to calls for comment.
Police arrested 52 protesters for blocking the sidewalk in front of the White House,
I always wondered exactly how many protestors it takes to make a gaggle. Now I know. It's 52
I think people like this should be deprived of the benefits of oil-based fuel and electricity. It would do them good to experience the actual results of their beliefs. There would be far fewer liberals in this country if they weren't constantly protected from the consequences of their beliefs and actions.
I canvassed and knocked on doors for Obama, and he promised he would stand up to big oil, said Jamie Nolan
Well, you got screwed, didn’t you? I bet he keeps his promises next term. Better start knocking on doors.
I have seen first hand Democrat politicians with dollar signs cha-ching-ching-chinging around in their eyes at the thought of what Marcellus Shale Gas will bring. Environmentalists are just useful idiots to help Democrats get more of their fingers into the pie. Once they figure out how to siphon off enough of this money to suit them you guys are goin’ under the bus.
about 7 years ago or so, I purchased something that caused me to get free copies of "Rolling Stone" mag... the rants against industry - oil, Mircosoft, chemical, pharma, tobacco, etc., the articles critical of materialism/consumerism...
it all made me laugh because those pages were interspersed with adds for every high end gadget and expensive piece of clothing.
By car I assume.
Far left-wing econazi fundamentalists.
are these those crazy hostile tea party members we keep hearing about?
I say, round ‘em all up and drop em on a deserted Island in the middle of the Pacific, I tell them, this is your new carbon free environment,........enjoy.