For many years the U.S. government has kept denying the impact of the emission of greenhouse gases on the environment. On Wednesday, protesters, including the nephew of former President John Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., were arrested in an act of civil disobedience, NY Daily reported.
According to the executive director of the Sierra Club, Michael Brune, the protest was because....
"We want to send a strong message that we expect the president's ambitions to meet the scale of the challenge and reject a pipeline that carries dirty, thick oil"
Members of the Sierra Club, which is one of the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organizations, say they use civil disobedience as a weapon to draw the attention of both the media and the public on the issue of global warming.
Actress Daryl Hannah was arrested along with scientist James Hansen, the executive director of the Sierra Club, Michael Brune, and veteran civil rights activist, Julian Bond.
At the rally, organized by the Sierra Club and other groups concerned about the environment, about fifty people participated in acts of civil disobedience. The protest was an effort to get President Barack Obama to reject the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline project.
Some of the protesters were tied to the gates of the White House with plastic handcuffs, while others sat on the sidewalk and refused to move despite repeated orders of the police.
The entire project includes a pipeline of about 3640 kilometers to transport approximately 830,000 barrels per day of synthetic crude oil and diluted bitumen from the sands of Athabasca in Alberta (Canada), to multiple destinations in the United States