Bill McKibben’s Speech at Occupy WallStreet
Today, Tar Sands Action organizer Bill McKibben spoke at Occupy Wall Street in New York Cityand made the connection between the demonstrations there and the ongoing fight against the Keystone XL pipeline. Below is a video and transcript of the speech. Many thanks to our friendsat
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Here is the text of Bill’s speech:
Today in the New York Times there was a story that made it completely clear why we have to behere. They uncovered the fact that the company building that tar sands pipeline was allowed tochoose another company to conduct the environmental impact statement, and the company thatthey chose was a company was a company that did lots and lots of work for them. So, in other words, the whole thing was rigged top to bottom and that’s why the environmental impactstatement said that this pipeline would cause no trouble, unlike the scientists who said if we buildthis pipeline it’s “game over” for the climate. We can’t let this pipeline get built.On November 6, one year before the election, we’re going to be in DC with a huge circle of people around the White House and they’re going to be carrying signs with quotations fromBarack Obama from the 2008 campaign. He said, “It’s time to end the tyranny of oil.” He said, “Iwill have the most transparent government in history.” We have to go to DC to find out wherethey have locked that guy up. We have to free Obama, because there is some sort of stunt doublethere now. So on November 6, I hope we can move, just for a day, Occupy Wall Street down tothe White House and get them in the fight against corporate power.The reason that it’s so great that we’re occupying Wall Street is because Wall Street has beenoccupying the atmosphere. That’s why we can never do anything about global warming. Exxongets in the way. Goldman Sachs gets in the way. The whole fossil fuel industry gets in theway. The sky does not belong to Exxon. They cannot keep using it as a sewer into which todump their carbon. If they do, we’ve got no future and nobody else on this planet has a future.I spend a lot of time in countries around the world organizing demonstrations and rallies insolidarity. In the last three years at 350.org, we’ve had 15,000 rallies in every country except North Korea. Everywhere around the world, poor people and black people and brown people andAsian people and young people are standing up. Most of those places, don’t produce that muchcarbon. They need us to act with them and for them, because the problem is 20 blocks south of