Far past talking about Alberta tar sands operations, WIRT activists catalyzed some action at the 2013 Oil/Tar Sands Speaker Series organized by the American Chemical Society at the University of Idaho. Education is not enough! WIRT staged a protest starting at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, April 17, to express our resistance to tar sands development and welcome to our Moscow, Idaho, frontline Don Thompson, a 30-year veteran of the oil sands industry and past president of the Oil Sands Developers Group. Mr. Thompson is now an executive advisor for Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., a member organization of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Although Don says that he is committed to a balanced conversation about what he considers ‘one of Canada’s greatest treasures, the oil sands,’ his last presentation of the series encountered difficult, oppositional, audience questions posed by WIRT volunteers who dug up some dirt on Mr. Thompson and his outlandish arguments. He also endured multiple protesters holding anti-tar sands signs in the back of auditorium during his entire presentation and personally confronting him with their concerns as the audience dispersed. Mr. Thompson was surprised that Idahoans cared about the people and places that his ecocide and genocide has devastated throughout his career. For a more extensive event description, see WIRT core activist Sharon Cousin’s photo comments.
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