Six Utah climate activists connected to Timothy DeChristopher arrested at U.S. Capitol

21 Apr

From The Salt Lake Tribune

Six Utahns associated with climate activist and convicted energy lease auction imposter Tim DeChristopher were among 30 arrested in and around the U.S. Capitol in recent days for disrupting government activities, including House floor debate.

DeChristopher wasn’t among those arrested, though he and 12 other members of Salt Lake City’s climate-action group Peaceful Uprising are in Washington for a “Power Shift” clean-energy conference. DeChristopher spoke to activists at the conference and said that “the climate-change movement has done too much compromising,” said the group’s co-director, Flora Bernard.

That message echoes an impassioned defense of civil disobedience that he gave on the U.S. District Court steps in Salt Lake City after his felony conviction for placing bogus bids at a U.S. Bureau of Land Management lease auction.

“If we’re going to achieve our vision,” he said when his trial ended March 3, “many after me will have to join me as well.”

At the time, members of Peaceful Uprising and his First Unitarian Church congregation said they were willing to face arrest to challenge the fossil-fuel economy that they believe is quickly destroying the planet.

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