On the 23ed of September, two groups in DC staged direct action solidarity protests with the events in NYC over climate change. Rising Tide DC (RTDC) marched through the streets staging blockades in front of corporate polluters. Meanwhile, the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR) blockaded the White House entrance nearest the Oval Office.Five were arrested in the NCNR protest.
RTDC focussed on big corporate polluters and their lobbies, taping off a branch of TD Bank for investing billions in TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Next up was the National Coal Council, followed by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) famous for their role in triggering the oil war in Iraq. “Project for a New American Century” or PNAC, authored at AEI before 9-11 bluntly said “another Pearl Harbor” would be needed to justify war in the Middle East for US dominance. As someone in Code Pink said this Summer, if the main export of Iraq were brocolli the US would have never invaded Iraq. The final target was the equally far right US Chamber of Commerce, a major financer of climate change denial psuedoscience.
At the White House, the NCNR made an even more explicit linkage of climate change and war, calling out the Pentagon as the world’s single largest user of fossil fuels as well as a defender of US control over them. An attempt to deliver a letter to the White house concerning climate change on how it effects poverty, hunger, & war, ended in a blockade of the west entrance from Penn Ave. Five people were arrested for blockading that entrance.