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  • Does Civil Disobedience Make Some... Featured Blog Post Does Civil Disobedience Make Some... Does Civil Disobedience Make Some...

    Three days after Tim's spontaneous and genuis decision disrupt the land auction, Rachel Maddow almost had Tim on, but then instead, interviewed Trip Nolen whose EarthJustice has... More »

  • 'Direct action gets the goods' Featured Article 'Direct action gets the goods' 'Direct action gets the goods'

    By AMY GOODMAN SYNDICATED COLUMNIST Tim DeChristopher is an economics student at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He had just finished his last final exam before winter... More »

  • Bogus bidder: I've got the lease money Featured News Article Bogus bidder: I've got the lease money Bogus bidder: I've got the lease money

      The money's in the bank for Tim DeChristopher, who said Friday he has reached his goal of amassing $45,000 to make his down payment on oil and gas drilling leases he won at... More »

  • Help Put Climate Change on Trial Featured Blog Post Help Put Climate Change on Trial Help Put Climate Change on Trial

    Over the past six months since I disrupted the BLM oil and gas auction, I have received a huge amount of support in many different forms from around the world.  Some of you... More »

  • Monkey Wrencher's defense gets dented Featured News Article Monkey Wrencher's defense gets dented Monkey Wrencher's defense gets dented

    By REILLY CAPPS SALT LAKE CITY — They want to drag Global Warming in front of a jury. Environmentalists want Global Warming in shackles, hangdog, beaten, with lawyers flipping... More »

  • 8 Worth Saving Featured Article 8 Worth Saving 8 Worth Saving

    Salazar right to cancel drilling leases Tribune Editorial Salt Lake Tribune Updated:10/14/2009 05:47:00 PM MDT Interior Secretary Ken Salazar reached the right... More »

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Arnie the eco-warrior Last Updated on 2011-03-23 00:00:00 Arnold “I’ll be back” Schwarzenegger has been inciting Americans to rise up in revolt to overthrow the dirty industry that is holding back a clean, renewable energy future. And no, I’m not talking about his latest Hollywood blockbuster.   After expressing his admiration for the popular rebellions against dictators in North Africa and the Middle East at a recent US Department of Energy summit, the former Governator of California encouraged similar actions against American oil and gas barons: “we want to overturn the old energy order”. Given the very broad definition of what qualifies as eco-terrorism under legislation like the US Patriot Act and given that the FBI has identified greens as the “number one domestic terror threat”, you’d think that Arnie would, at the very least, have been subjected to some form of official... More »
Arnie the eco-warrior Last Updated on 2011-03-23 00:00:00 Arnold “I’ll be back” Schwarzenegger has been inciting Americans to rise up in revolt to overthrow the dirty industry that is holding back a clean, renewable energy future. And no, I’m not talking about his latest Hollywood blockbuster.   After expressing his admiration for the popular rebellions against dictators in North Africa and the Middle East at a recent US Department of Energy summit, the former Governator of California encouraged similar actions against American oil and gas barons: “we want to overturn the old energy order”. Given the very broad definition of what qualifies as eco-terrorism under legislation like the US Patriot Act and given that the FBI has identified greens as the “number one domestic terror threat”, you’d think that Arnie would, at the very least, have been subjected to some form of official... More »
Tim DeChristopher's Speech After Guilty Verdict for Climate Civil Disobedience Last Updated on 2011-03-03 00:00:00 On Thursday, a jury in Salt Lake City declared climate activist Tim DeChristopher guilty for his interference with an oil and gas auction held at the end of the Bush administration. He faces a sentence of up to 10 years, to be determined by a judge. The following is a transcript and video of Tim's speech outside of the courthouse after the guilty verdict was handed down. Tim's words are reminiscent of the heroes of other social movements that used civil disobedience to achieve their ends. And they're a challenge to all of us working to solve the climate crisis to consider our own willingness to go to jail for our beliefs (in fact, a website, Climate Direct Action, has been set up for people to sign up to learn more about how to take part in civil disobedience for the climate). Here is Tim's speech: What the world wanted to see was how you would react. And you have reacted... More »
Tim DeChristopher Trial Begins in Utah Last Updated on 2011-02-28 00:00:00 SALT LAKE CITY — Hundreds of activists marched to the federal courthouse Monday to support a man who became an environmental folk hero by faking the purchase of $1.7 million of federal oil-and-gas drilling leases in an act of civil disobedience. Tim DeChristopher, 29, has pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court to felony counts of interfering with and making false representations at a government auction. DeChristopher's fate will be in the hands of a jury – eight men and four women – once opening statements are made in the case on Tuesday. The trial is expected to last until Friday. The possibility of just one juror sympathetic to environmental causes could keep DeChristopher from a conviction, although a hung jury could result in him being retried. Prosecutors have offered DeChristopher multiple plea deals over the past two years, but he rejected... More »
DeChristopher Trial Delayed Again Last Updated on 2010-05-20 00:00:00 The oft-delayed trial of bogus bidder Tim DeChristopher has been postponed again -- to Sept. 13. U.S. District Judge Dee Benson had a conflicting court assignment June 21, forcing the four-day jury trial to be rescheduled. DeChristopher faces two felony counts stemming from his admitted false bidding during a 2008 oil and gas lease auction. Then an economics student at the University of Utah, DeChristopher bid $1.8 million last December for lease parcels in southeastern Utah with no intention of paying. He has said he wanted to protest Bush administration policies and draw attention to climate change. Eleven of the parcels, near Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Dinosaur National Monument, were among 77 that conservation groups successfully sued to prevent the Bureau of Land Management from processing after the auction. Benson has ruled against a so-called... More »