Just hours after Barack Obama got re-elected as president, green-oriented group 350.org has made it public news that on November 18 they are to take over Washington DC's Freedom Plaza and then march towards the White House in yet another attempt to protest the Keystone pipeline.The climate group also hopes that, in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, many Americans will consider joining them in their march, and that their showing up in such large numbers in Washington DC will compel Barack Obama to take immediate measures against the construction of the Keystone Pipeline.
“We’d like to ask you to come once more to Washington [they were here before, in 2011], to resume the battle to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline, mid-afternoon on Nov. 18th,” reads the group's website.
Furthermore, “Keystone XL is still a crazy idea, a giant straw into the second biggest pool of carbon. Even if it doesn’t spill, it would add 900,000 barrels of oil worth of carbon each day to the earth’s atmosphere, or as much as the new auto efficiency regulations would save.”
Back in 2011, when the members of the 350.org green-oriented group first came to Washington DC, the president promised them that, together with other members of his administration, he would look into the threats posed both to public health and to the environment by the Keystone Pipeline.
Apparently, they are now returning to Washington DC to cash in on that promise, and “let the President know we haven't forgotten, and that our conviction hasn't cooled.”
Although last year's protest resulted in more than 1,000 arrests – most of which were due to civil disobedience – the people who are to take part in this new march to the White House claim that this time they will be on their best behavior.
In case anyone was wondering, these greenheads are so determined to put an end to the construction of the Keystone Pipeline because tar sands have a carbon footprint significantly bigger than that of conventional oil.