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Vermont Law Professor Gus Speth Walks the Talk

August 23, 2011

Vermont Law School Professor Gus SpethGus Speth was arrested Aug. 20 in Washington, D.C., at the start of the Tar Sands Action, a civil disobedience effort to stop the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.

The proposed pipeline would send more than 800,000 barrels a day of mining oil to U.S. refineries and and further increase the development of the Alberta tar sands.

Speth, an expert in climate change and environmental ethics, released the following statement from jail:

"We, the prisoners being held in the Central Cell Block of the D.C. Jail, need company and encourage the continuation of the protests against the tar sands pipeline. Help us stop this disastrous proposal! I've held numerous positions and public office in Washington, but my current position feels like one of the most important."

"Hat's off to Gus Speth for speaking truth to power. President Obama, there's your role model," said VLS Professor Pat Parenteau.

View Professor Speth's comments at the Tar Sands Action.

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