“Let’s be the generation that finally frees America from the tyranny of oil”
So said Barack Obama in 2008 when he was campaigning to be President. He also said:
“Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children … this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”
Hmm. Consider these quotations set against the backdrop of the imminent US Govt decision on whether to approve the Keystone Pipeline extension. Whether to plunder yet another oil resource, whether to endorse the rampant destruction of Canada’s boreal forest, whether to exploit what many see as an especially dirty form of oil, and whether to knowingly take that oil from a country that is demonstrating scant regard for its treaties with indigenous populations in the process.
Tar Sands Action, who organised the 15 days of sit-ins in front of the White House recently where 1253 people were arrested, are gleefully using Obama’s 2008 pledges in the next stage of their campaign against the pipeline. Bill McKibben said:
“And we’re not going to do him the favor of attacking him. Instead, we’re going to pay him the dangerous compliment of taking his words from 2008 seriously.”
They’ve not yet disclosed the nature of this next stage, but it will be set for 7th October as that is the date of the last State Department hearing in Washington, DC.