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People We Love :: Tim DeChristopher

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Utah Student Knows Real Value

Tim DeChristopher walked past the protesters outside the office where Bush administration officials were auctioning drilling rights in pristine Utah wilderness. He entered the building, picked up an auction paddle, and bid a total of $1.8 million for 13 parcels near Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Federal officials finally got suspicious and stopped the bidding. It turned out the 27-year-old economics student had no money and no intention of drilling for gas and oil. Instead, he saw a chance to monkey-wrench the last-ditch effort to offer federal lands to energy companies.

“If I ended up going to prison, then I could live with that,” he told Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! “But if I saw an opportunity to protect the land of southern Utah and give us a better chance for a livable future, and I passed up that opportunity, I wouldn’t be able to live with that.”

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DeChristopher tells his story on Democracy Now.

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Sarah van Gelder wrote this article as part of Food for Everyone, the Spring 2009 issue of YES! Magazine. Sarah is the executive editor of YES! Magazine. Sarah van Gelder
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