UPDATE: first picture submitted at right from Matt Dempsey
The Winter of their Discontent: Keystone XL activists to protest global warming ahead of SOTU in freezing cold.
McKibben’s 350.org nutters say they will be protesting the KXL pipeline (but really global warming) today out by the capitol ahead of Obama’s SOTU speech. It will be interesting to see how many show up in the freezing cold. Anyone who has pics of these folks in cold weather gear protesting should provide links in comments.
A few reality points to consider:
· Keystone XL activists are outside fighting global warming on the coldest state of the union in history.
· Today’s forecast from the Capital Weather Gang: “Bitter cold today, slight snow chance tonight”: “Today will be another super-cold day (15-20 degrees below normal even before factoring in a brutal wind chill) as a frigid air mass continues its glide across the Midwest, South, and East.”
· Americans are not concerned about global warming: In a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll 91 percent said creating jobs should be a top priority while only 27 percent said that addressing global warming should be a top priority. A Pew Research Center poll found that 29 percent want global warming to be a top priority. Ben Geman has the full story here.
· So it’s not surprising that they’ve had pretty sparse attendance – and ironically extremely cold temperatures – at their previous protests. For pictures and details of their poorly attended protests, click here.
· After the New York Mag and several news outlets called out activists for making a “huge environmental mistake” focusing all their efforts on Keystone XL, The New York Times published an article which twists the focus from defeat to arguing that the Keystone XL fight “lifts” the environmental movement: “Although some critics say the environmental movement has made a strategic error by focusing so much energy on the pipeline, no one disputes that the issue has helped a new breed of environmental organizations build a mostly young army eager to donate money and time.”
· Keystone XL activists began their protest at the Folger Shakespeare Library – coincidentally it’s opening night for Richard III. “Now is the winter of our discontent!”