With 322 people arrested thus far during the civil disobedience protest at the White House against the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski joined with other top environmental leaders in voicing support for the demonstration’s cause.
In a personal letter to President Obama, the environmental leaders stated:
“Many of the organizations we head do not engage in civil disobedience; some do. Regardless, speaking as individuals, we want to let you know that there is not an inch of daylight between our policy position on the Keystone Pipeline and those of the very civil protesters being arrested daily outside the White House. This is a terrible project -- many of the country's leading climate scientists have explained why in their letter last month to you. It risks many of our national treasures to leaks and spills. And it reduces incentives to make the transition to job-creating clean fuels.
You have a clear shot to deny the permit, without any interference from Congress. It's perhaps the biggest climate test you face between now and the election. If you block it, you will trigger a surge of enthusiasm from the green base that supported you so strongly in the last election. We expect nothing less.”
In addition to Gene, co-signers to the letter were: Fred Krupp of the Environmental Defense Fund; Michael Brune of the Sierra Club; Frances Beinecke of the Natural Resources Defense Council; Phil Radford of Greenpeace; Larry Schweiger of the Nation Wildlife Federation; Erich Pica from Friends of the Earth; Rebecca Tarbotton of the Rainforest Action Network; and May Boeve of 350.org.