|Nancy Zorn's Direct Action|
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In Arkansas, four weeks after a pipeline rupture spewed hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into a residential area, Exxon tried to buy off affected residents with the princely sum of $10,000. What's that the human equivalent of, three cents? Exxon is refusing to pay the cost of investigating the spill, and a private corporation is profiting from the cleanup.
We've seen it all before: the horrendous impact of pipeline failure, the utter negligence of the energy corporations, the disaster capitalism cleanup that profits from the misery.
Concerned and courageous citizens all over North America are engaging in civil disobedience to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline. The Sierra Club broke with its 120-year tradition of eschewing civil disobedience, and 48 people were arrested in front of the White House. The arrested included Julian Bond, Bill McKibben, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and Daryl Hannah. In Oklahoma, 79-year-old Nancy Zorn locked herself in piece of heavy machinery, and she's not the first. You can read more about these actions at Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance.
With people putting their bodies on the line to stop the tar sands madness, submitting an online comment seems like such a tiny action. But one million tiny actions may have an impact. Submit your comment here.