Panelists: Journalist Ellen Cantarow, Unitarian Universalist pastor Rev. Terry Burke, Cool JP Green Block leader Carolyn Nikkal, and Boston Climate Action Network’s Coordinator Loie Hayes.
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Have you heard about the Tar Sands protests at the White House? Over the past few weeks thousands of people have protested a proposed pipeline which would connect Canada’s “Tar Sands” with the Gulf of Mexico. Jamaica Plain residents took part in the protests, and several were among the 600+ people who were arrested for civil disobedience. Come to the JP Forum to see a slideshow and hear their first-hand report about the protest.
At the Forum, a panel will discuss why President Obama should reject a permit for a proposed pipeline linking the Tar Sands of Alberta to the oil refineries in Texas. Chief climate scientist at NASA, Dr. James Hansen has said that major exploitation of the Tar Sands would mean “game over” for the climate.
We will also address the tactic of civil disobedience within the climate justice movement, and the Tar Sands in the context of the 2012 presidential campaign.
The Tar Sands represents the second largest fossil fuel deposit on the planet. Burning those deposits would heat the atmosphere to such a degree as to jeopardize human civilization. Chief climate scientist at NASA, Dr. James Hansen has said that major exploitation of the Tar Sands would mean “game over” for the battle to preserve the climate that has been stable throughout the evolution of humans. Already the mining and refining industry in Alberta has produced sky-rocketing increases in cancers among local residents. Indigenous representatives played an important role in the Tar Sands civil disobedience in Washington, DC.
On the night of his inauguration, President Obama promised that his administration would serve as a turning point in climate action, yet he has failed to achieve much meaningful policy in this regard. The President alone will decide whether or not to approve construction of this pipeline, so this decision is a unique opportunity for him to take meaningful action independent of the stalemated Congress.
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