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Tim De Christopher is a student and an environmentalist concerned about the Bush administration's eleventh hour attempt to turn over Federal land for energy development. Please edit this article in accordance with Appropedia policies. Below is a campaign appeal from 350.org with reference to this matter.

Tim DeChristopher was sentenced in federal court in Utah to 24 months in prison for his creative act of civil disobedience protesting new gas and oil leases. The sentence is, according to 350.org, "outrageous—the government charged him with financial fraud, as if he’d done what he did to make a buck, not a point."

350.org is pushing back with a heightened campaign leading to a nation action in Wahington DC. They state "We assume the intent was to send a message: don’t try to interfere with the all-powerful fossil fuel industry. But instead of meekly complying, we need to do just the opposite.It’s time to stand up and help defuse the largest carbon bomb on the plane. The are also active on the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, if built, will carry oil from the tar sands deposits of Alberta all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico. Why do we oppose the Keystone XL? Because those tar sands are the second-largest pool of carbon in the world. As NASA scientist James Hansen said, any substantial tapping of the tar sands means it’s “essentially game over for the climate.”


The Petition[edit | edit source]

350.org is launching a petition aimed at President Obama, because he alone gets to make the call on the pipeline. He has to sign—or not sign—a “certificate of national interest” before the pipeline can be built. The U.S. Congress can’t get in the way—so we’re calling on President Obama to step up and display the kind of leadership that so many people expected when they voted him into office. If we reach our goal of 35,000 signatures, we’ll arrange a high-profile delivery in Washington DC. Please sign on today: www.350.org/take-a-stand

The DC Action[edit | edit source]

We’re also spreading the word about a civil disobedience campaign that’s taking place this August in Washington DC. The effort is being spearheaded by Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Danny Glover, Wendell Berry, Tom Goldtooth, and more. Already, the organizers say, 1,200 people have signed up to risk arrest in front of the White House. The civil disobedience campaign isn’t being coordinated directly by 350.org--it's a separate effort. Of course, your involvement in the action should be your own choice, and you can get all the info you need at www.TarSandsAction.org



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www.350.org/take-a-stand

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