The Great Tar Sands Stand-off | green infographics |
This December President Obama will face the most important test of his environmentalist credentials before the next election when he decides whether to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The pipeline was the subject of the largest environmental protest in decades when 1,253 people were arrested over two weeks of sit-ins led by the Tar Sands Action at the White House. Many of those arrested were once volunteers on the Obama campaign upset about the president's failure to live up to the high hopes he set for changing the country's environmental policies.