Chipmunks Shut Down Utah Tar Sands

By: Wednesday October 1, 2014 4:59 pm

Activists dressed as chipmunks shut down construction at the first US tar sands mine on September 23. It was the latest in a series of actions by Utah Tar Sands Resistance targeting the 213 acre Book Cliffs tar sands mine.

A video released by the group shows chipmunks spreading rapidly through through the camp site where they block construction equipment with their bodies. Though the finale of the video playfully describes the chipmunks fates as “poisoned by tar sands waste water,” activists actually shut down construction for part of a day, resulting in five arrests. There have been 27 total arrests since the beginning of the campaign to halt construction.

 

Tar Sands Healing Walk 2014

By: Saturday July 12, 2014 11:15 am

Late last month, indigenous activists from Canada’s Athabasca region and their allies took part in the fifth and final “Tar Sands Healing Walk.” Over a route of about 10 miles, they marched and gave witness to the devastation that Tar Sands extraction has brought to the land.

#Occupy Votes

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 4:01 pm

Since the Occupy movement began, many have attempted to position the group in opposition to electoral politics. Occupy in its purest form is nonpartisan, and since the beginning of the movement this has been a source of criticism.

If we want to really make a difference, we were told time and again, we should organize similarly to the Tea Party and begin to field candidates for office. When occupiers protested Mitt Romney or other hyper-conservative politicians, they’d be accused of being in bed with Barack Obama. If the movement protested neo-liberals like Obama, we were accused of being traitors to all that was good in the world because we obviously wanted Romney to win (Carnacing is not limited to blogs). Most of all, occupiers got accused of being disconnected from what their critics perceive to be real politics — we were lazy hippies who didn’t understand how the world works and worst of all we don’t vote.

Austin Police Department May Drop Charges Rather Than Reveal Undercover Officers

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 2:49 pm

The Texas fusion center enabled Austin Police to entrap activists in Houston, but apparently it can’t help settle a dispute when that entrapment comes to light. The Austin Chronicle reports that the Austin Police Department would rather drop the charges against the Gulf Port 7 than reveal their undercover officers.

Also a Tar Sands Blockade Update.

Robert Gibbs, Valerie Jarrett Subpoenaed to Appear in Dan Choi Tar Sands Hearing This Wednesday

By: Monday September 24, 2012 9:17 am

This Wednesday at 11am there will be a pre-trial hearing in DC Superior Court to determine whether Choi can offer a defense of selective prosecution by the government, and First Amendment protection for his right of free speech.

Former Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had been avoiding subpoenas, but over the weekend he was served at his son’s baseball game. Last week the Department of Justice accepted service for Valerie Jarrett, Senior Adviser to the President.

TransCanada Inspector: Keystone Pipelines Not Safe

By: Monday January 2, 2012 6:30 pm

Writing an opinion piece for the Lincoln (NE) Journal-Star, civil engineer Mike Klink calls TransCanada’s predecessor Keystone XL pipeline, for which he was a construction quality inspector, a “lemon” and a “proven loser.” Klink was fired from his job and is seeking Department of Labor whistleblower protection.

Van Jones AWOL at Tarsands Action Once Again, But Calls for Mass Civil Unrest if Obama Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Monday November 7, 2011 11:30 am

I was at the White House once again yesterday protesting the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline along with many of the folks I was arrested with on September 9 including Dan Choi, Jessica, Ari, Scarecrow and Bill McKibben. It was really gratifying to see that our relatively small crew of 65 who were handcuffed, [...]

Report: Koch Industries Oil Affiliate Has Major Interest in Tarsands, Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Wednesday October 5, 2011 6:45 am

The good folks over at InsideClimateNews have been tracking the assault by Koch Industries on the environmental and health regulations and global climate science and have come across a link between Koch Industries and the Keystone XL Pipeline project and tar sands oil development. And the link was sitting there in plain sight.

“Our Project Will Create Lots of Jobs!” Yes, but So Will Its Alternative

By: Tuesday October 4, 2011 4:20 pm

We’re going to have plenty of energy jobs — hundreds of thousands of them — either way. It just depends on where we focus our money and efforts and what we want the consequences of our choices to be. But one way, the smart way, we get clean, renewable sources that don’t destroy the environment or the health of our children and elderly and that rescue the planet from catastrophic global climate change . . . and the other way we get environmentally destructive extraction, unsafe industries, unhealthy communities with huge health care costs and a heated up, endangered planet.

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