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Bill McKibben: National Day of Action Against the Keystone XL Pipeline on Saturday

Reposted from Global Possibilities:

Democracy Now! / By Nermeen Shaikh, Amy Goodman / September 18, 2013  |

Photo Credit: Tara Lohan

McKibben talks about the “Draw the Line” actions planned for Saturday, September 21 to demand President Obama stop the proposed pipeline.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: We continue now with Bill McKibben, Co-founder and Director of, which has called for a day of action this Saturday to protest the Keystone XL and demand that President Obama stop the proposed pipeline. Already this week on Monday, 13 people were arrested during a protest in Houston in front of the offices of TransCanada, the company behind the controversial project. Also this week, Bill McKibben’s new book was released. It’s called, “Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist.” You can go to our website to read chapter one.

MY GOODMAN: Today the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power is set to hold a hearing on President Obama’s plan to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. EPA chief, Gina McCarthy, and Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz, are scheduled to testify that why the plan is necessary. Out of the 17 Republican members of the committee, 14 of them have publicly disputed the existence of climate change. Bill McKibben, do you feel there have been advances in awareness of climate change? Talk about the activism you’re engaged in right now.

BILL MCKIBBEN: I think what’s going on in the fight is sharpening. People are getting engaged and the fight over the Keystone pipeline is a good example. When we started this two years ago, everybody had said, it is a done deal, you’ve got no chance. But, people all over the country stood up. This leaderless, sprawling, interesting movement.

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