Daryl Hannah, Kennedy's and others arresed at Sierra Club's civil disobedience Keystone XL protest
by Allyson Koerner
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Photo: Robert Kennedy

Yesterday, Daryl Hannah, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and his son, Conor Kennedy, were arrested in Washington D.C. for protesting in a case of civil disobedience against the Keystone XL pipeline.

The protest was put on by the Sierra Club to demand President Obama halt the Keystone XL pipeline, all while addressing the major environmental issue that is climate change.

Protesters gathered in front of the White House, and then handcuffed themselves to the fence. After asking to please move by police, the group denied and about 48 total were arrested.

“For the first time in the Sierra Club’s 120-year history, we have joined the ranks of visionaries of the past and present to engage in civil disobedience, knowing that the issue at hand is so critical, it compels the strongest defensible action,” said Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club.

“We cannot afford to allow the production, transport, export and burning of the dirtiest oil on Earth via the Keystone XL pipeline. President Obama must deny the pipeline and take decisive steps to address climate disruption, the most significant issue of our time,” he continued.

“It’s unfortunate that civil disobedience is the only recourse against a catastrophic and criminal enterprise that will enrich a few while impoverishing the rest of humanity and threatening the future of civilization,” Robert Kennedy said in a statement.

This isn’t the first time Hannah’s been arrested for protesting against the pipeline. In October 2012, she was arrested in Texas for standing in front of heavy machinery building the tar sands line.

Daryl Hannah, Kennedy's and others arresed at Sierra Club's civil disobedience Keystone XL protest
As you can see from the above photo tweeted by Sierra Club, Hannah was the first to be released. Everyone else soon followed.

If the pipeline is approved, it is said greenhouse gas emissions will increase, not to mention U.S. carbon pollution emissions boosting by up to 27.6 million metric tons.

For an inside view, check out Sierra Club’s photos from yesterday’s protest.

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    As I posted on 2ndGreen a week or two back, non-renewable energy issues like this always leave me split. Even in the U.S., many families are sensitive to energy prices to the point that it cuts into food budgets. Having said that, I’m still against the Keystone Pipeline, but I always have to weigh that decision against the potential for lower transportation costs for struggling families. Whether Keystone actually would have helped is a whole different story…