Since the Tar Sands Action began on Saturday, 220 people have been arrested for civil disobedience by the U.S. Park Police. Last night, Bill McKibben appeared on Keith Olbermann‘s show after being released from jail. Today’s protest features residents of the Gulf Coast, who have brought up tar balls from the BP oil disaster, with first-hand accounts of the devastation caused by oil spills. As the action continues this week, major news outlets are picking up on the story: CBS, The New Yorker, Reuters, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Politico and numerous others have all run stories on the civil disobedience against the tar sands pipeline.
The nation’s largest environmental organizations, representing millions of Americans, from Friends of the Earth to the Environmental Defense Fund, are standing with the Tar Sands Action protesters: “There is not an inch of daylight between our policy position on the Keystone XL pipeline, and those of the protesters being arrested daily outside the White House.” 275 protesters have been arrested to date.