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Columbia Students Protest in DC

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This afternoon, a group of Columbia students will be protesting at the White House against the signing of the Keystone XL pipeline. The Columbia Democrats in particular have advertised the non-violent protest. Bwog received a tip that there are currently over 500 students chained to the White House fence, including at least 20 Columbia students. Arrest appears to be imminent. All participants were warned prior to the protest that arrest would be a possibility; however, there will be no charges and only a $100 fine. The CU Dems stressed this is “an optional act of civil disobedience.” The protest is reported to be among the largest single-day acts of disobedience at the White House, according to a CU Dems email sent out in regard to the protest.

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19 Comments

  1. every college student  

    i could live for a week on $100

  2. Idiots

    Even hard core enviros realize Keystone isn't a real problem. Ultimate act of stupid tribalism. Read Jonathan Chait's NYMag articles about what liberals should actually be advocating for- people freaking over the pipeline are fools.

  3. Anonymous

    You idiots chained to the White House fence realize that the electricity to power your smartphones and plug in Priuses has to come from somewhere. This Canadian oil is going to be shipped somewhere. If not into the heartland of

    America for our consumption, then it will be piped to the west coast of Canada onto supertankers to China. Might need some of that oil to power the bus or train back to NYC also.

    • Wut  

      Before calling people idiots, you may want to do some research yourself. This action is a protest against the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which transports TAR SANDS from Canada to the US underground. While it's true that energy needs to come from somewhere, tar sands are one of the worst options. It has an extremely low EROI (energy return on investment): the upgrading and processing of the bitumen in tar sands is extremely destructive, and horribly inefficient. Because the deposits in Canada are landlocked, this would seriously impede Canada's tar sands machinery THROUGH THE US. The protesters are completely cognizant that blocking the pipeline would probably only delay the inevitable, but it would communicate to Obama and the world that the US is not going to play a larger role in the destruction of the environment than it already has. I could go on, but I'll let you do some research on your own.

  4. Blunts in Butler  

    Should just light up a fat one if you're gonna get arrested anyway.

  5. mickey

    This for a pipeline? How about the untold amounts of murdered innocents via illegal drone campaigns. How about what the federal reserve has been doing for the past 100 years. Retard liberals love focusing on the most asinine issues in comparison to what the real problems are

    • Anonymous  

      Yes, there are worse things, but that doesn't make the pipeline any better for us. That's like saying safer airplanes are worthless because more people die in car crashes.

    • pooper  

      were those "innocents" killed by drones protesting their governments to stop harboring terrorists after 9/11? No they were out in the street partying and cheering death to america.

      • Serpent

        Considering the high proportion of children killed in drone strikes, it is safe to say that many of the protestors were not cheering "death to America". In fact, most people there could not care about Americans and their problems, because most people are struggling with their own problems and just want to stay alive. They don't care enough to even think about America, so get over yourself. Even if they did scream that, they still have the right to freedom of expression and therefore are not terrorists for screaming that.

    • Anonymous  

      so you're saying there's only one issue that people should protest, ever?

      there are a variety of interests and issues at all times, and saying that a group of environmentalists shouldn't protest one (really important) ussue because there are other issues is fucking dumb. "Why worry about obesity when there's hunger? Why worry about diabetes when there's cancer?"

      furthermore, why aren't you there protesting drone strikes, if it's clearly the most important thing in the world to you?

  6. won't the arrest  

    still be on their records? even if its just a fine, you'll have to answer "yes" to being arrested on grad school, and later, job applications. not a smart idea.

    • anon

      The arrest is an infraction, the lowest possible kind of charge. It's equivalent to a speeding ticket--as in, this on your record would affect your ability to get a job/get in to grad school the same as ticket (i.e not at all).

  7. Anonymous

    False. Only felonies must be reported.

  8. legend

    honestly protests don't do anything...... open your fucking eyes you sheep. i wish ppl at this school would actually pay attention the things that are really going on in this world.

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