In late summer 2011, over 100 Vermonters made the trip to Washington, DC, and peacefully took a stand with 1,252 fellow Americans in front of the White House. We were all arrested–as part of the largest act of civil disobedience in decades. Our first mission in DC was to raise the nation’s moral attention to stop the Keystone XL, a disastrous 1,800-mile oil pipeline that would ship Tar Sands oil from northern Alberta, Canada, down through the heartland of America, all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Our actions received local to global media coverage galore, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu came out in support of the activists, Governor Shumlin stood with us, and eventually a steady outcry increasingly slammed the White House for cronyism around potentially approving what was seen as a very bad idea.
Then, on November 6th about 200 Vermonters headed back to DC to join 12,000 more people and Bill McKibben and the whole Tar Sands Action team in forming a huge human circle around the White House.
And guess what? IT WORKED!
After relentless campaigning, the Keystone XL pipeline has been killed! The Obama Administration will be requesting a 12-18 month review for the Keystone XL pipeline, effectively eliminating the potential the project would go through, according to most analysts.
This is incredible news — and a perfect demonstration of how people power can change history.