Monday, May 16, 2016

'Break Free' fossil fuel protests deemed 'largest ever' global disobedience

Why did I have to find out about this at a British news site? Why no mention in the U.S. media, which some call liberal?
A Facebook friend did find it on ABC, but it wasn't on the ABC home page, and looks like it could only be seen if you did a search for it. I have noticed that this is how the MSM habitually handles such news. They put it on a page that nobody will see unless they are searching for it because you already know about it. Then if you say they are not reporting on it, they can point to it. Haven't heard anything on NPR, of course.

Oliver Milman
May 16, 2016

Thousands of people have taken part in what organizers have called the largest ever global civil disobedience against fossil fuels, with dozens of activists arrested during protests that shut down coalmines, rail infrastructure and a port.

The protests, held over the past two weeks in countries including the US, UK, Australia, South Africa and Indonesia, saw activists call for oil, coal and gas to be kept in the ground. A coalition of environment groups, which called the actions “Break Free”, are pushing for a complete shift away from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

“This is the hottest year we’ve ever measured, and so it is remarkably comforting to see people rising up at every point of the compass to insist on change,” said Bill McKibben, co-founder of climate group

More than 50 protesters were arrested in Washington state for trespassing after large groups camped out on railroad tracks that transport oil to the Shell and Tesoro refineries. The action managed to shut down the rail line over the weekend.

A further 1,300 marched in Washington DC to call on Barack Obama to end offshore drilling for oil and gas, while dozens were arrested near Chicago after 1,000 people protested against the planned expansion of a BP refinery there. A further five people were arrested in Albany, New York, after another action to stop trains from transporting fossil fuels.

The actions follow a wave of protests around the world, including the efforts of a group of kayakers to shut down the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia. Hundreds of activists invaded the UK’s largest opencast coalmine, located in south Wales, while Europe’s largest opencast mine, in Germany, was also swamped by protesters and forced to shut down.

Further anti-fossil fuel activity has taken place in Brazil, Nigeria, South Africa and Canada. Some of the largest protests took place in the Philippines and Indonesia, with an estimated 10,000 people marching to oppose a new coal-fired power plant in the Philippine city of Batangas.


The ABC report dated today, which was not on their main page today, but at least there is a report:

'Break Free' Climate Change Protests Across the US Result in Arrests

May 15, 2016

At least 57 climate change activists were arrested in conjunction with the so-called "Break Free" protests against the use of fossil fuel.

The bulk of the arrests took place in Washington state this morning, when 52 activists were cited for trespassing on railroad tracks, according to the Skagit County Department of Emergency Management. One person was cited for resisting arrest. The other five arrests took place in Albany on Saturday on similar grounds.


The Break Free protests represent part of a "global wave" of action taking place across six continents over 12 days targeting "the world's most dangerous fossil fuels," according to a statement published by the organizers earlier this month.

"2015 was the hottest year ever recorded and the impacts of climate change are already hitting communities around the world. From rising sea levels to extreme storms, the need to act on climate change has never been more urgent.


April 2016 was also the 12th straight hottest-ever month on record, according to data released by NASA on Saturday.


Similar demonstrations were held around the country in an effort to highlight the issue of climate change.


Break Free also held marches in Los Angeles, Washington, and Chicago this weekend, with the total participants numbering in the thousands, according to Meiman.


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