As climate crime continues, who are we sending to jail? Tim DeChristopher?

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Grist (2011)







Let's consider for a moment the targets the federal government chooses to make an example of.

So far, no bankers have been charged, despite the unmitigated greed that nearly brought the world economy down. No coal or oil execs have been charged, despite fouling the entire atmosphere and putting civilization as we know it at risk.

But engage in creative protest that mildly disrupts the efficient sell-off of our landscape to oil and gas barons? As Tim DeChristopher found out on Thursday, that'll get you not just a week in court, but potentially a long stretch in the pen...

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books on the environment, a scholar in residence at Middlebury College, and founder of He also serves on Grist’s board of directors.

See: Tim DeChristopher | Bidder70.

See: Gas Drillers Plead Guilty to Felony Dumping Violations

See: Student Disrupts Government Auction of 150,000 Acres Of Wilderness For Oil & Gas Drilling.

See: The Need for Mass Mobilizations

See also: Video - Because the world needs to know.

See also: Bill McKibben: WikiLeaks Cables Confirm U.S. "Bullying and Buying" of Countries during COP15 Was Worse than Realized.

See: Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. "Environmentalist Tim DeChristopher Found Guilty of Sabotaging Oil and Gas Auction; Faces up to 10 Years in Jail." Democracy Now!. March 4, 2011.