"WASHINGTON — Around 100 people have been arrested outside the White House while protesting against mountaintop removal mining, including NASA scientist James Hansen.
The protesters were arrested Monday after refusing orders from U.S. Park Police to leave the sidewalk outside the White House. They staged a rally at nearby Freedom Plaza earlier in the day.
The crowd of mostly youthful ralliers carried signs like 'Blowing Up Mountains for Coal Poisons People' and 'Mountain ecosystems won't grow back.' Some carried small white crosses adorned with messages such as 'water pollution' and 'corporate greed.' "