Robert Kennedy Jr., his son Connor Kennedy, actress Daryl Hannah and other civil rights activists were arrested on Feb. 13 during a climate change rally in Washington DC, according to a Feb. 14 International Business Times report. The activists, who attached themselves to the gates of the White House were protesting against the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Police reportedly detained 48 protestors, including civil rights leader Julian Bond, Sierra Club President Allison Chin and Executive Director Michael Brune. The protest marked the first officially sanctioned act of civil disobedience allowed in the Sierra Club’s 120-year history.
According to an emailed statement obtained by Politico, Kennedy said he was participating because he believes there are better sources of energy. “This is the dirtiest possible source and most expensive for the energy consumer and for future generations who will have to pay the price,” Kennedy, a passionate environmentalist wrote in his email. “This is a boondoggle. It’s a giant criminal enterprise that has subverted democracy and will enrich a few billionaires and impoverish all of humanity by threatening civilization as we know it.”
Protesters wearing “No KXL” buttons chanted, “Hey, Obama, we don’t want no climate drama,” and “Barack Obama, yes you can stop the dirty pipeline plan.” President Obama was at his post-State Union address trip in North Carolina at the time of the protest.
Another activist rally is scheduled for Presidents Day weekend.
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