The Latest: 52 activists cited for trespassing Washington

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10:15 a.m.

Fifty-two climate activists were cited for trespassing Sunday morning after authorities cleared their protest campsite on top of railroad tracks leading to two oil refineries in Washington..

One person was also cited for resisting arrest.

A spokeswoman for the protesters says she expected everyone to be processed and released from police custody. Emily Johnston says protests would continue around Anacortes on Sunday, but she doesn’t expect people to return to the railroad tracks.

Protesters in kayaks and canoes were putting their boats in the water Sunday about 70 miles north of Seattle, to demand action on climate change and an equitable transition away from fossil fuels such as oil and coal.

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9:30 a.m.

Authorities cleared the tracks of protesters and arrested 52 climate activists Sunday morning in Washington state.

A spokesman for the rail line near two refineries in northwest Washington says about 150 people spent the night in tents and sleeping bags on the tracks near Anacortes, about 70 miles north of Seattle.

BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas says they were asked to leave at about 5 a.m. and most gathered their belongings and peacefully left the area.

The rail line has been closed since Friday because of the protests. Melonas says trains will begin running Sunday afternoon.

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    Stevencap

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    Here’s an irony: The same folks who are urging us to get off of gas and oil would not be able to do their protests without oil. Their clothes and kayaks are made with oil products. The power in their homes, the magic markers they used to write their signs– all depend on oil and gas, if not coal, too.

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    GR82DRV

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    …So, I assume they all walked or rode their bicycles there?…

    Let’s be honest, these pathetic losers would protest peanut butter sandwiches if they thought it would get their mugs on TV and give them some kind of liberal street cred.

    Who printed all those matching 3-color graphic protest posters for this rent-a-mob? Why didn’t they make them by hand on the kitchen tables of their organic green agrarian communes with natural dyes and hand-made recycled paper?

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    Me

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    I wonder if that rail is owned by Warren Buffet? That’s the irony here as good old Buffet was against pipelines. 😆

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    David Lewis

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    The most significant concept here is that the protesters do not believe in democracy. They are demanding something that vast majority of people do not want. Poll after poll shows that most Americans put climate change at the bottom of their list of concerns. This clearly means most Americans are unwilling to pay the huge cost not using fossil fuels. Yet the protesters are attempting to force their solution on everyone.

    We need a new approach to deal with this sort of thing. If the railroad would sue each person for the cost to the railroad of blocking the rail line, there would be fewer people willing to do this. Just the attorney fees for each would be thousands of dollars.

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    GR82DRV

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    [quote name=”David Lewis”]
    We need a new approach to deal with this sort of thing. If the railroad would sue each person for the cost to the railroad of blocking the rail line, there would be fewer people willing to do this. Just the attorney fees for each would be thousands of dollars.[/quote]
    In my state there has been a push to enforce criminal trespass laws for hunters who simply walk along tracks or who cross at unauthorized intersections… (I’ll feel much safer if they do that BTW.)

    On the other hand, [i]sacred[/i] leftist protesters are allowed to block rail and road traffic, unfurl banners on landmarks and religious statues, and generally behave like full-time obnoxious jackwagons, while expecting white glove treatment from the media and law enforcement.

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    Me

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    Well I am not against railroads, or trucking, or pipelines, or shipping as all are needed and used to transport products that are used for reliable energy. The thing is some of these people are demonizing one method to promote their own product. Now they have gotten their way the protesters are on their doorstep to do to them that the protesters did to the others.

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    Me

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    And there are some areas so remote in the north that only can be supplied by air. Cut these people off and you know what will happen.

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    Me

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    Don’t believe Me, look it up. Chesipeake gas was demonizing coal.
    http://freebeacon.com/issues/clean-energy-gets-dirty/

    Now they are almost getting their way, protesters have moved on to fracking and getting their way.

    Warren Buffet was against pipleines, cause it was good for his business, and is for it too apparently,now after the fact!

    http://www.westernjournalism.com/warren-buffett-profits-hugely-from-obama-keystone-decision/

    Here it benifits him.

    http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/234349-warren-buffett-slams-keystone-delay

    Here he is for it for some reason after the fact. Couldn’t be because now they are on the railroads protesting.

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    Me

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    And I am sure that if you look right here, you can find articles of the same.

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