By the standards of the Arab Spring, the civil disobedience at the White House this week over the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline was statistically tiny. But I hope the Keystone protest will attract serious attention in the Obama White House.
"What we are doing to the future of our children, and the other species on the planet, is a clear moral issue. As Albert Einstein said, "thought without action is a crime." Choosing silence and safety is not an option."
It took some serious digging in my sock drawer, but I just found my 'Environmentalists for Obama' button left over from the '08 campaign. I need it because I'm headed to Washington to get arrested in front of the White House.
A current action is about protecting one of the world's most important nesting grounds for migratory birds -- the Peace-Athabasca Delta in Canada. The Delta is downstream from the world's largest industrial project -- Alberta's tar sands oil mines.
Big Oil wants to build a pipeline to send the dirtiest crude oil on the planet from the Boreal forests of Canada right through the heart of America, crossing the Yellowstone, the Missouri, the Platte and other treasured rivers on its way to Texas refineries.
It's smarter to repeat to yourself the mantra that no single weather event can ever be directly tied to climate change. Just be careful to make sure you don't let yourself wonder why all these record-breaking events are happening in such proximity.
At triple-digit prices, the tar sands will produce three to four million barrels per day. In turn, the tandem of soaring oil prices and soaring oil production will propel the Canadian dollar to heights it's never seen.
Within the last couple of weeks in New York City we've had a tornado that ripped through parts of New York and Brooklyn; sudden, intense storms that eerily turned 23rd street into a river; and now hail.
This week, James Cameron added his voice to the chorus of voices pushing to stop the destruction caused by tar sands development. It is critical that we in the US, the largest consumer of this dirty oil, do the same.
Senator Graham, after visiting the tar sand pits in Alberta, Canada, hailed the toxic mines, the source of the world's dirtiest fuel, as "an industrial ballet," adding that the project "really blends with the natural habitat." Huh?