"Activists Arrested at White House Protesting Keystone Pipeline"

Some 48 prominent activists were arrested at the White House Wednesday when they protested the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which they say will worsen climate change. The Obama administration faces an upcoming decision on completing the pipeline.

"When President Obama spoke about climate change in the State of the Union address Tuesday night, he failed to mention the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which aims to transport heavy crude oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast and which needs his approval for a construction permit."

"But that controversial project — which ranks as one of the top climate decisions the president will have to make this year — took center stage Wednesday as 48 activists engaged in civil disobedience at the gates of the White House.

Shortly after noon, D.C. police began arresting the protesters, who included actress Daryl Hannah as well as prominent climate scientist James E. Hansen, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune and civil rights veteran Julian Bond. Some of the activists tied themselves to the gates with plastic handcuffs; others sat and refused to budge despite officers’ repeated requests."

Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson report for the Washington Post February 13, 2013.


"Daryl Hannah Leads Celebrity Keystone XL Protest at White House Gates" (Guardian)

"Tons Of Californians Arrested at White House Climate Change Protest" (San Francisco Chronicle)

"Keystone XL Protesters Seized at White House" (Green/NYT)

"Keystone XL Protesters Arrested Outside White House" (Canadian Press)

"Activists Arrested At WH Over Climate Change Protest" (CNN Political Ticker)

"Keystone Pipeline Protesters Arrested At White House" (E2 Wire/The Hill)

"48 Arrested in Civil Disobedience at White House To Stop Keystone XL Pipeline and Push Obama on Climate Action" (Climate Science Watch)

"Protest Makes Canada-To-U.S. Pipeline Project Newest Front in Climate Clash" (Greenwire 8/19/11)

Source: Wash Post, 02/14/2013