Image at right from AP.
Conor Kennedy has been having a really bad year.
First Taylor Swift dumps him and then yesterday he, his father Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., civil rights activist Julian Bond, Daryl Hannah, two prominent members of the Sierra Club and about 40 others were arrested in front of the White House after chaining themselves to a fence. The purpose was to protest the building of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Also arrested was former NASA climate activist James Hansen.
A couple weeks ago I reported the Sierra Club intended to go *lawless* and create “civil disobedience” on February 17 at a
huge rally in D.C. billed as the “largest climate change rally in history.”
But for whatever reason a group decided to show on Valentine’s Day instead but it seems it turned out to be the “smallest climate change rally in history.”
Democracy Now has an 11 minute video interview of some of the miscreants, but I won’t subject you to it in its entirety but instead pull out a few salient remarks.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is confident Obama will kill Keystone because:
Because I think it’s the right thing to do, and I think he knows that. And I think he—you know, I think he has a strong moral core, and I think John Kerry does, too. And I think, ultimately, he would not do something that is—that is this catastrophic and irresponsible and reckless.
Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune had this to say:
And it might sound a little surprising that an organization like the Sierra Club, that’s been around for so long and has been a part of so many important fights, that it’s the first time we do civil disobedience. But we look at this project, the tar sands pipeline, and it’s a boondoggle. It’s such a—it would contribute to such a climate disaster that we realize we have to use every single tool of democracy in order to fight this thing. We’ll fight it in the courts. We’ll fight it in statehouses and here in the Beltway, in the streets. But we realize that we have to do every single thing that we can to make sure that instead of putting $7 billion into a dirty oil pipeline, that we’re investing in clean energy instead.
And not to be outdone by the others Julian Bond remarked:
This is a decision that affects all Americans, and we want to make sure he does the right thing, which is to say no to the pipeline. It’s a great deal for Canada, great deal for Mexico; doesn’t do much for the United States.
Of course no mention of all the jobs the pipeline would create or that Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman recently approved the new route of the pipeline through his state.
But not to worry: Connor and his dad escaped jail time and got off with just a $100 fine.
The Kennedy Curse may get them into troubles, but some how it always manages to get them out of troubles.
But Sierra Club vows as/of the writing of this article the
“biggest climate change rally in history” will still go on February 17.