Robert Kennedy Jr. was among the dozens of protestors who were arrested yesterday after chaining themselves to a White House gate to make their voices heard regarding the Keystone Pipeline.
The project, which would put in 1,700 miles of conduit to export crude oil from Canada to New Mexico, was delayed by the Obama administration last year with the reasoning that more research needed to be done. But it was only pushed back until after the election, and some are now projecting that a final decision could come about as early as spring. Kennedy and the other protestors–a group which included actress Daryl Hannah–say they think Obama is better than the idea, which, in their opinion, would have lethal complications.
“I don’t think President Obama is going to permit this pipeline to happen,” Kennedy said. “I think President Obama has a strong moral core, he is not going to do something that is immoral, that is reckless and that is going to impose the costs of our joyride for these wealthy oil companiesâ€¦on future generations of Americans and citizens all across the planet. I do not believe he will do that and I do not believe that [Secretary of State] John Kerry will do it.”
Hannah, who has been arrested for a similar protest before, says their hope is to change the administration’s mind on the matter before the imminent decision.
“We’re out here saying, ‘President Obama, you must reject the Keystone Pipeline,” Hannah said. “This is a lethal project that is the largest fuse to the largest carbon bomb on the planet.”
Of the arrest, Kennedy said, “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.”