Bill McKibben, a prolific writer and organizer on global warming and climate change, has had a busy year teaching environmentalists not to despair and will soon be learning some lessons himself.
In August 2011, he organized an unprecedented demonstration in front of the White House urging President Obama to deny a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline that would haul very dirty tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada down to Texas refineries, largely to be exported. More than 1200 people were arrested in protest of the construction of the pipeline. This was the largest mass arrest before the White House in decades.
In February, 48 people, including McKibben and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., were arrested for non-violent civil disobedience mostly for refusing U.S. Park Police orders to keep moving on the White House’s sidewalk. Looks like they may be desperate.