22 Mar

Obama Endorses KXL Pipeline, Native Americans Forced to Protest from ‘Cage’

Published on Thursday, March 22, 2012 by Common Dreams

Obama: indefinite ‘development of oil and gas infrastructure’

  – Common Dreams staff

Today, President Obama has endorsed a southern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline. “As long as I’m president, I’m going to keep encouraging the development of oil and gas infrastructure,” Obama said in a speech in Cushing, Okla.

As the president spoke, Native American pipeline protesters were ‘caged’ miles away from the event.

Native American activists in Oklahoma have expressed outrage at the proposal of the pipeline as it will “desecrate known sacred sites and artifacts” on its path to refineries in Texas, in addition to the evident environmental degradation involved.

Local authorities have forced the activists to hold their protest in a cage erected in Memorial Park far away from the speech. “The protestors were stunned that their community, so long mistreated, would be insulted in such an open manner instead of being given the same freedom of speech expected by all Americans simply for taking a stance consistent with their values,” reports the Global Justice Ecology Project.

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And again, Obama fails to carry through on what we thought was his promise to veto the pipeline. Stay tuned for his approval of the northern section soon. And how about the “caged Indians”?) Where is the outrage from all the people who would be speaking out if he were George W. Bush. I have said before and will say again: we do not as yet fully know the damage President Obama has done to this country.

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