Yesterday, I reported in my column, “President Obama Promises a Big Push on Climate Change,” that environmental activists will gather in DC for theForward on Climate Rally on February 17th. The protest organizers, the Sierra Club and 350.org, are hoping that the “largest climate rally in history” will persuade President Obama not to approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. That pipeline would transport to Gulf Coast refineries nearly a million barrels per day of petroleum derived from Canada’s oilsands.
The board of directors of the Sierra Club consider the pipeline so threatening to the globe’s climate that it has for the first time ever authorized members to participate in peaceful civil disobedience:
“For civil disobedience to be justified, something must be so wrong that it compels the strongest defensible protest,” said Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director. “We are watching a global crisis unfold before our eyes, and to stand aside and let it happen — even though we know how to stop it — would be unconscionable.”
Read more at Reason. By Ronald Bailey.