Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was arrested Wednesday -- the second time this month – while bringing supplies to protesters opposing the Keystone XL pipeline in Winnsboro, Texas.
In a statement posted on the protest’s website, Stein stated that “Hurricane Sandy is a taste of what’s to come … We must stand up now and call for climate solutions and climate prosperity.”
Tar Sands Blockade’s website stated that Stein was taken to the Wood County jail.
The opponents of the pipeline have been occupying trees in the pipeline’s pathway for more than 30 days, according to the Washington Post. Stein called those creating the blockade “heroes,” saying they are “on the front line of stopping even worse climate storms in the future.”
She also said, “I’m here to connect the dots between superstorm Sandy and the record heat, drought and fire we’ve seen this year – and this Tar Sands pipeline, which will make all of these problems much worse. And I’m here to connect the dots between climate devastation and pipeline politicians – both Obama and Romney – who are competing, as we saw in the debates, for the role of Puppet In Chief for the fossil fuel industry. Both deserve that title. Obama’s record of “drill baby drill” has gone beyond the harm done by George Bush. Mitt Romney promises more of the same.”
Stein was arrested on Oct. 16 outside Hofstra University, when she attempted to enter the presidential debate grounds.
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