I (and about 200 others) will be risking arrest today downtown at the corporate offices of the Environmental Resources Management company at 17th and I Sts NW, in Washington, D.C.
ERM is the “independent contractor” hired by the State Department (and regularly used by TransCanada) that assessed the Keystone XL pipeline to be “climate neutral.” This is the first time their offices have been in the spotlight. The demonstration is organized by 350.org.
As you know, I’ve been working against the Keystone XL since 2011. In the last 6 weeks, TransCanada has been feeling the pressure. They’ve hired an “crisis communications” company to handle all their press and promotions. They’ve pushed out all kinds of new advertising (including green TransCanada banner ads in the iPhone version of The Washington Post).
They are spending millions and millions of dollars. The only thing we can do is interpose our bodies. As Paul put it when writing to the Jesus-followers living in the belly of the beast, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship” (Romans 12:1).
There is a support rally beginning at 11am at Farragut Square. Then the group will walk to the building at 17th & I Sts. Some folks will proceed into the building. Others will maintain a legal presence on the sidewalk outside. If we are arrested, the likely scenario is that we will be taken to the Second District police station and post bond from there. There is a very slight possibility that we would be held over the weekend.
I’d also covet your prayers – especially that I remain calm and unafraid. You can follow some of the event on Twitter @350 or #nokxl or @sojocreation.
Peace and All Good,