So how did that pipeline protest work out?

Jazz Shaw

Following up on Tina’s recent column on the general sense of malaise surrounding green warriors and their lack of confidence in the current administration, another chapter has been added to the book. A stalwart group of environmental activists, including some briefly incarcerated celebrities, managed to spend more than two weeks of their summer holiday camped out in front of the White House. Braving everything from earthquakes and hurricanes to slaps on the wrist from the capital police and the jeers of the public, they staked out their turf on the sidewalks to make their voices heard.

So how did that work out for them? If you ask some of the organizers, all things considered they probably should have gone to Disneyland instead.

After two weeks of daily sit-ins, more than 1,250 arrests and two administration decisions that infuriated U.S. environmental groups, many of the activists departed Washington emboldened by the success of their demonstrations.

But they were also dispirited with a U.S. president who they increasingly believe is betraying campaign promises to put green issues at the top of his agenda.

“I think we have been able to galvanize the environmental movement in a way that it hasn’t been in a long time,” said Bill McKibben, who organized 14 days of protests against Alberta-based TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

“That said, I don’t know whether any of that is strong enough to match the power of the oil industry.”…

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Related: Big Surprise: Al Gore Opposed to Canada-to-Texas Oil Pipeline

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