In Photos: The People vs. the Pipeline

Photo essay: The climate justice movement gets (civilly) disobedient.
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Over the last two weeks, 1,252 people have been arrested in front of the White House to protest construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would carry oil extracted from the Alberta tar sands across the United States to refineries on the Gulf Coast. Tar sands extraction has been called one of the most toxic and most environmentally harmful forms of oil production.

Hoping to prevent the climate impact of such a project—as well as the possibility for another catastrophic spill like the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico or the Exxon Mobile pipeline in Yellowstone—protesters are urging President Obama to remember his promise to reduce U.S. dependence on oil and deny the Keystone XL project the go-ahead.


  • Why developing the tar sands has been called "world's most destructive project."

  • "From Henry David Thoreau, to Susan B. Anthony, to Gandhi, to King, to you." Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox on how you can help stop the disastrous development of the Canadian tar sands.

  • Can opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline bring conservatives back to conservation?
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