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A conversation with Tim DeChristopher from Bidder70.org

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Enjoy a delightful conversation with Utah's activist Tim DeChristopher and Shane Snipes. About DeChristopher from Huffington Report >>> "The epic fight to ward off global warming and transform the energy system that is at the core of our planet's economy takes many forms: huge global days of action, giant international conferences like the one that just failed in Copenhagen, small gestures in the homes of countless people. But there are a few signal moments, and one comes next month, when the federal government puts Tim DeChristopher on trial in Salt Lake City. Tim -- "Bidder 70" -- pulled off one of the most creative protests against our runaway energy policy in years: he bid for the oil and gas leases on several parcels of federal land even though he had no money to pay for them, thus upending the auction. The government calls that "violating the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act" and thinks he should spend ten years in jail for the crime; we call it a noble act, a profound gesture made on behalf of all of us and of the future. Tim's action drew national attention to the fact that the Bush Administration spent its dying days in office handing out a last round of favors to the oil and gas industry. After investigating irregularities in the auction, the Obama Administration took many of the leases off the table, with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar criticizing the process as "a headlong rush." And yet that same Administration is choosing to prosecute the young man who blew the whistle on this corrupt process." >>> Email us show ideas or interview requests to info@sustainable1000.com, Tweet us at @vannShane, IM on GTalk @ vannShane or call-in your questions or comments to (347)996-3601. Sustainable 1000 radio is part of the eco road trip started by Shane Snipes to explore 1000 stories across 48 states in 250 days. Stop by Sustainable1000.com for videos and more chats with regular folks who are making the world a little better in their communities.

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