Why I Disrupted A Fraudulent Auction

I have been an environmentalist for most of my life. I have marched, held signs, written letters and spoken to my Congressman. I have built trails and removed invasive species in National Parks. I have educated friends on climate change and donated to a dozen different groups. Countless others have done all these same things for decades in defense of our wilderness and a livable future.

It hasn’t worked. Even with a new administration, we are not on track for a livable future. This has been made clear by James Hanson, Bill McKibben, Al Gore and many others. The legitimate pathways to power have not provided us with the ability to defend the survival of our civilization. Yesterday I decided that the crisis facing us requires more critical action than has been taken in the past. When faced with the opportunity to seriously disrupt the auction of some of our most beautiful lands in Utah to oil and gas developers, I could not ethically turn my back on that opportunity. By making bids for land that was supposed to be protected for the interests of all Americans, I tried to resist the Bush administration’s attempt to defraud the American people.

At this point it appears that I was successful in my attempts to disrupt this fraudulent auction. The federal officials who took me into custody said that I cost the oil companies in the room hundreds of thousands of dollars and prevented 22,500 acres of land from being sold for fossil fuel development. I had a very open conversation with the federal agents about my motivations and values. They were friendly, respectful, and somewhat sympathetic.

bidder70.org Tim DeChristopher

What I did no doubt puts me at significant risk, including prison. But my future was already at significant risk. As we get closer and closer to the point of too late, we have less and less to lose from resisting. Accepting the true depth of the climate crisis is extremely scary, but the purpose of fear is to motivate us to action. Many of us have sat around countless times saying how much we needed someone to do something. If I am not willing to take a stand for my generation, then who will? This year I have come to terms with the idea that I might be my own best hope to defend my future. Hopefully all of us will realize that we are the ones we have been waiting for.

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  1. #1 by Don on December 20, 2008 - 3:28 pm

    Good on ya’ Tim.

  2. #2 by Moribund Republic on December 20, 2008 - 3:34 pm

    Get a good lawyer Tim, and to be sure make sure it is a media circus.

    However, don’t panic, you can only imagine what humanity thought when the glaciers started to melt for whatever reason, and then flooded the area where much of the Mediterranean sea now sits, and coastlines all over the world. Probably not a preventable catastrophe.

    We are here to stay, and there are no guarantees of how we will stay, or what will become our problems.

    Adaptation is our greatest asset, I think you proved that with your spur of the moment approach.

    To be sure, they won’t be happy with you Tim. So what exactly will be your defense?

    Are you positing any?

  3. #3 by Richard Warnick on December 20, 2008 - 5:37 pm

    I really hope that the leases you bid on will be taken off the table by the Obama administration. That includes any offers that end up being withdrawn because you bid up the price.

    Your critique of the environmental movement is absolutely right. The big grant-funded environmental groups are completely ineffective, and the small ones are effective on a small scale that ought to add up to a popular grassroots movement but somehow doesn’t.

    The environmental backlash has gained a lot of ground, too. Think of the GOP convention delegates chanting, “Drill baby drill!”

    Keep us updated on what happens, you deserve our support.

  4. #4 by Steve Harris on December 20, 2008 - 7:17 pm


    I admire your brave act of civil disobedience! Good luck to you and best wishes.

    Steve Harris
    Salt Lake City

  5. #5 by Josh Sonkiss, MD on December 20, 2008 - 7:33 pm

    Hats off to you, Tim. John Locke, Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela would be proud.

    You have my support. And speaking of support, if everyone in Salt Lake Valley contributed $1, or just a tenth of us gave $10, the purchase price would be paid. Just let me know where to send the check.

  6. #6 by Krista Bowers on December 20, 2008 - 8:07 pm

    I feel so honored to have been in the auction room to witness your courageous act. You made an otherwise dismal day brighter for me, so I cannot thank you enough. And boy were those oil/gas folks PISSED after they took you out and they realized what you had done–it was a beautiful thing to see! (BTW–check your email for a longer message from me). You are my hero!

  7. #7 by Krista Bowers on December 20, 2008 - 8:08 pm

    oh yeah—I’m sure that Ed Abbey is smiling in his grave at what you have done!

  8. #8 by patrick a shea on December 20, 2008 - 10:37 pm

    If you need a good lawyer, and final director of BLM, call me 671-9902.
    Pat Shea

  9. #9 by rae on December 20, 2008 - 11:37 pm

    Thank you, thank you! What you did for our country is more important than most things i can think of. I am a 67 year old grandmother and I would be proud to have my grandsons be as brave as you.

  10. #10 by Lena Gardner on December 20, 2008 - 11:59 pm


    You are awesome. What you did is something I know I wouldn’t have had the courage to do! If there is anything else I can do to help keep you out of jail-let me know :o) You rock! Tons of Outback love to you Tim!


  11. #11 by Jerry Ragsdale on December 21, 2008 - 12:46 am

    Tim, I regard you as the most recent GREAT AMERICAN HERO.
    I will follow this story with great intrest in the days to come.
    Let me know where you are setting up your legal aid fund, or fund to secure your bid obligations. Good on you

  12. #12 by Larry Bergan on December 21, 2008 - 12:56 am

    I was blown away when I read about this today in the Deseret News. Whatever law allowed these bastards to go ahead and bid on our irreplaceable lands has no real basis. You did the only thing you could, and in the deal, embarrassed the thieves.

    You are the man!

  13. #13 by Jenn Stauffer on December 21, 2008 - 2:19 am

    DIY democracy gets it done. You’re a hero, Tim. Let us all know if you want to try to raise that money. Maybe the public at large can legitimately own that land yet.

  14. #14 by Sarah Robbins on December 21, 2008 - 3:38 am

    Thank you for acting to save these beautiful irreplacable lands.

  15. #15 by the whooping crone on December 21, 2008 - 3:52 am

    Well done, Tim.
    You are one of the ones I’ve been waiting for the last 30 years.

  16. #16 by Veronica Egan on December 21, 2008 - 7:48 am

    Tim, you are truly a wilderness hero! Thank you for your courage! You’re truly a Great Old Bro, in our book, and we’ll do whatever we can to help.

  17. #17 by formerwriter on December 21, 2008 - 9:18 am

    What an articulate, thoughtful statement! Tim, you risked everything for the greater good. Someone like you comes along only once in a great while. I agree with former posters: get a good lawyer, and trust that no matter what happens, you have given your all. In a decade where pseudo-patriotism has seemed to rule absolute, your actions show that there are Americans out there who recognize the value of dissent, and who will risk their futures in order to save our collective future. You go, Tim!

  18. #18 by Debbie on December 21, 2008 - 10:03 am

    I’m new to this realm but support you. It was brilliant. I need to ask a question. As I was doing the numbers it seems that these leases are only $250 an acre or less. Is that right? That seems like robbery to me. Maybe I just don’t get it, but that is dang cheap for land destruction.

  19. #19 by Josie Kovash on December 21, 2008 - 10:05 am

    Thank you, Tim.

    I work for a very small environmental non-profit in Moab. (We were outside the BLM office fighting the windchill while you were inside throwing a giant, beautiful monkeywrench into the whole godawful thing.) I have been trying to find words to express my experiences as a younger generation newbie activist for our newsletter, often returning over and over to the “we are the ones we have been waiting for” and “if not me, than who” sentiments.

    But you have inspired me to step it up, to be bolder, to actually own those sentiments, to be more committed, and in fact to take it as my moral imperative to not just do but to do everything I possibly can to be an effective activist, and an effective member of the younger generations. To make sure that decades from now we will look back on this time and know that we faught to make things right with every single thing we had.

    So thank you so much for your inspiration and for the very real effect you’ve had in protecting the prescious landscape of my home. I understand some folks from Moab are on the case in helping to make sure you have good legal support, and I know that you have droves of supporters down here ready to help you in every way we can.

    Moab, Utah


  20. #20 by Jim Bailey on December 21, 2008 - 10:11 am

    Hayduke REALLY lives!

    Well done!

  21. #21 by Democracy Now on December 21, 2008 - 10:13 am

    I am writing from the radio/tv news program Democracy Now with Amy Goodman. The show airs on over 750 public radio and tv stations. We are interested in interviewing you on the program on Monday. Please email me at mike (at) democracynow.org. Thanks.

    Mike Burke
    Producer, Democracy Now

  22. #22 by Grainne on December 21, 2008 - 10:16 am

    Thanks so much Tim for your bold and clever mischief. The Bush admin’s dying move to leave public and sacred land to the oil industry infuriated me as it did many others. I am so glad that you had the courage and the werewithal to take action when it seems no one else could or would. I hope that you do not have to go to prison – maybe we could petition the Obama admin. to pardon you. I and I am sure many others will keep track of your case.
    Thanks! – you are so inspirational!

  23. #23 by Pat Sanders on December 21, 2008 - 10:30 am

    Can we all respond to Tim’s call for bolder, more concerted, more effective action? I share Tim’s sense of urgency regarding both climate change and peak oil. The clock is ticking, time is short to make change and too many of us act as if things will continue as they are indefinitely. Tim has made a great personal sacrifice and I hope this will spur more of us into action.

  24. #24 by Dan Gilbert on December 21, 2008 - 10:31 am

    Incredible, Best news I have read in a long time. Speaks of nonviolent progressive action gaining result. When you set up a legal fund account I will gladly donate. Whats next????

  25. #25 by Matt on December 21, 2008 - 10:35 am

    You need to set up a donation system right away for your defense fund. Hundreds of people are wanting to donate now!

  26. #26 by Judy Cook on December 21, 2008 - 11:20 am

    What an incredible inspiration to all of us. Thank you for your bravery, Tim.

  27. #27 by Nancy Walther-O'Neal on December 21, 2008 - 11:50 am




  28. #28 by Colin on December 21, 2008 - 11:58 am

    I like to take great quotes, write them on stickers, and adorn my laptop with them. That way, whenever I’m working, browsing or surfing, I have something inspirational and worthwhile to read as the world around me continues to fall apart. This quote just made the cut:

    “As we get closer and closer to the point of too late, we have less and less to lose from resisting.”

    Keep fighting the good fight. What you did took an authentic type and tangible level of courage.

  29. #29 by Joseph Ewen on December 21, 2008 - 12:25 pm

    Good show, Tim. You are upholding the best traditions of our nation. I just hope that your story doesn’t get buried by the MSM. This needs to be spread by word of mouth, people. Tell everyone!

  30. #30 by Lauren Weeks on December 21, 2008 - 12:31 pm

    You have my respect and admiration for this inventive act of civil disobedience and for your commitment to the cause of protecting Utah’s wilderness. Perhaps had others your boldness and ambition, we would see more change on behalf of our environment. Best of luck in the struggle ahead!

  31. #31 by david on December 21, 2008 - 1:07 pm

    i don’t agree with your position on drilling, but i still think what you did was cool.

  32. #32 by Brad on December 21, 2008 - 1:43 pm

    My only hope is that you can find the psychiatric help you so desperately need in prison. Remember, don’t drop the soap.

  33. #33 by Anonymous on December 21, 2008 - 2:12 pm

    I threw you a couple bucks, not much… buck every little bit helps. Plus I really want to show you that you’ve inspired me to do SOMETHING, even if it’s a baby step, it’s still a step in the right direction.

  34. #34 by The Dude on December 21, 2008 - 2:34 pm

    That is a brave and heroic deed you have done. Thank you.

  35. #35 by Tim Myers on December 21, 2008 - 4:13 pm

    You are a good man. Thanks for acting on behalf of all of us who didn’t have the courage to do what you did. Thanks.

  36. #36 by Melissa on December 21, 2008 - 4:34 pm

    Goddess bless you young man!

  37. #37 by Richard on December 21, 2008 - 6:20 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Now let’s get you a great lawyer.

  38. #38 by henry david thoreau on December 21, 2008 - 6:26 pm

    If… the machine of government… is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. ~Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobediance, 1849


  39. #39 by np on December 21, 2008 - 6:30 pm

    It is hard to be in a room like that – and do what you did.
    May we all take a lesson from you….

  40. #40 by Shari Robinson on December 21, 2008 - 7:08 pm

    Thanks for standing up for our rights. Tim, you did not break any laws, the laws were thrown away 8 years ago. Thank you again for the courageous act.


  41. #41 by Dave on December 21, 2008 - 7:15 pm

    Tim, Well done. Interesting that some winners are willing to pay whatever price because they know these lots might never reappear again because they should never have been placed out in the open.

  42. #42 by Ardell Broadbent on December 21, 2008 - 7:15 pm

    You have enough supporters that collectively, even with $5 to $20 per person, we can pay your lawyer or pay for the parcels. Which would be cheaper? Hey, Obama’s campaign did it without corporate money. Send me a note and I can get a website set up for the donations. Better yet, you could get a donation option set up linked to this page. There’s no way we can let you pay time. You would be a prisoner of conscience and Amnesty International would take up your case.

  43. #43 by Ant Jill on December 21, 2008 - 7:26 pm

    What a guy! We had some of the same crap happen this summer in Ca. No way in hell to stop Boxer, McKewon, Feinstein et., al., from seizing our mountains and closing it off for public use. Bah Hunbug! We tried, you succeded. Proud of you Tim. Just gotta love that kind of civil disobedience. Brave. Proud of you in Bishop, Ca.

  44. #44 by Kristin on December 21, 2008 - 10:05 pm

    Way to go Tim! I was so impressed by what you did! I too would be willing to doante to meet the bid price, just let me know where to send the check.

    San Francisco, Ca

  45. #45 by Jesse on December 21, 2008 - 10:09 pm

    Tim –

    You are a hero. Thank you for your bravery.

    Boston, Ma

  46. #46 by Loran on December 21, 2008 - 10:11 pm

    I am completely dazzled by your brilliance on this act of civil disobedience. I sent the scoop to Huffington Post. This needs to make national news!

  47. #47 by Joan on December 21, 2008 - 10:59 pm

    Thank you, Tim, for stepping up to protect the land, to protect the future. We are reaching the tipping point, and you may have just tipped the balance! Thank you for your courage, for your bravery, for your conviction. May we all gain strength from your action and follow your lead.

    Salt Lake City

  48. #48 by veronika on December 21, 2008 - 11:34 pm

    Thanks for your incredible bravery and inspired activism. I have forwarded this page to friends (who will also forward). You’re making me smile for the rest of 2008 and beyond. You did it with one act!

  49. #49 by Cliff Lyon on December 22, 2008 - 12:01 am


  50. #50 by Delshad P on December 22, 2008 - 12:09 am

    Dear Tim,

    Thank you for Yes Menning your way into the hearts and minds of the BLM and hopefully the public. A fantastic act, indeed! Will help you and engage others to catalyze the necessary discussion on how we value our public lands, about global climate change, and the desperate need to fashion a renewable based energy economy.

  51. #51 by Larry Bergan on December 22, 2008 - 12:14 am

    The New York Times:

    “We were hosed,” said Jason Blake of Park City, a consulting geologist who was outbid on a 320-acre parcel. “It’s very frustrating. I hope the guy is prosecuted.”

    And how does being frustrated make you feel Jason? The environmentalists have been ignored, harassed, and even called terrorists by people who want to make lots of money. Tim acted out of pure goodness and you got punked in the process because you were whoring yourself out.

    Shame on you!

  52. #52 by Claire on December 22, 2008 - 1:00 am

    You are an inspiration, thank you so much. Keep fighting the good fight, as I and a growing number of people will do!

    You’re awesome.

  53. #53 by shannon on December 22, 2008 - 5:54 am

    Thank you so much. If more of us had the guts to ACT we could get out of this mess. I told my kids about you today. You are an inspiration.

  54. #54 by e brooks on December 22, 2008 - 7:00 am

    so many thanks for doing this, Tim! best of luck with the mess and ride you’re in for now. we’ll be watching, praying and doing what we can to help your case and our common future. this has more than just made my day; you’ve given us hope and courage!

  55. #55 by beatlenan on December 22, 2008 - 8:36 am

    That was really brave what you did! Like Ghandi said: Be the change you want to see in the world. I wish you much luck.

  56. #56 by Jennifer Bush on December 22, 2008 - 9:01 am

    Thank you! I will be asking Obama to pardon you.

  57. #57 by Josh Trost on December 22, 2008 - 9:04 am

    It’s spelled, “James Hansen”, not “James Hanson”.

    Excellent work! May you be vindicated in court under international law! And may many follow your example! We indeed are the ones we have been waiting for!

  58. #58 by Tracy B Ann on December 22, 2008 - 9:35 am

    How very clever of you!

    I don’t really even like the wilderness or going outdoors for that matter but I get that some people do, and even I like looking at it out of the window.

    It doesn’t belong to us though, we are just the stewards of this land and you sure did just do a fine job of watching over it.

    Costing the oil companies a hundred thousand or so in money is like me losing a quarter, but you bought us time.

    I am so impressed with your forward thinking and actions. Way to go.

  59. #59 by Lina on December 22, 2008 - 10:26 am

    Thank you, Tim! Listening to you on Democracy Now, and very impressed/inspired by your action. This is a beautiful land and hopefully your action will help keep it that way. You’re my new hero!

  60. #60 by Mark on December 22, 2008 - 10:37 am

    Tim, you are my Christmas hero!! I only wish I could have helped with this, what a moment.


  61. #61 by Jerry Jian on December 22, 2008 - 10:45 am

    Thank you for doing more than your share to save our future. Such efforts will never be in vain and I hope will inspire those that feel they don’t have to, are afraid or for whatever reason don’t do their part for together we can make a difference and together we must as we are all in this together! God Speed.

  62. #62 by Jenia on December 22, 2008 - 10:55 am

    Thank you so much for saving our land. I will tell everyone I can about your act of courage that protected our land from the oil companies. You are wonderful and I will donate as soon as I can to your cause. A real hero!

  63. #63 by Chad on December 22, 2008 - 11:01 am

    It’s funny that the coat that you wore was an oil based synthetic product. Thanks for your purchase that supports the oil and gas industry. You are about as stupid as they get.

  64. #64 by Richard Warnick on December 22, 2008 - 11:58 am

    The issue is not oil and gas leasing per se, or even oil and gas leasing on public lands. It’s oil and gas leasing in places where the law and regulations actually prohibit impairment of wilderness qualities.

    Yes, you can drive a car and still be in favor of wilderness preservation. And the rule of law.

  65. #65 by Jay Lininger on December 22, 2008 - 12:00 pm

    Best domestic environmental direct action of 2008 – deserves an Ed Abbey Award!

  66. #66 by Karen Wilcox on December 22, 2008 - 12:04 pm

    Way to go Tim. Consider cross-posting this statement as a diary on DailyKos.

  67. #67 by Emmy Thomson on December 22, 2008 - 12:42 pm

    Dearest Tim,
    I haven’t felt this moved for decades. Thank you for risking so much for the earth and its inhabitants…and for the wake us up call. I lost 2 brothers that had the same passion and conviction as yourself and I’m sure that they are celebrating right beside Edward Abbey on your behalf. Check out the website dedicated to my brothers ( solarseries.com) One was an author who wrote ‘In the Shining Mountains’ by Knopf and Edward Abbey’s comment is on the inside cover of the book. If there’s anything I can do to help please email!
    Emmy Thomson

  68. #68 by Brett on December 22, 2008 - 4:46 pm

    Well done, my friend. Well done.

  69. #69 by JJ Murphy on December 22, 2008 - 5:05 pm

    Tim. I blogged about this when I heard the DEMOCRACY NOW interview. I’m updating my post with a link to your comment. Thank you for taking effective action and giving so many of us renewed hope.

  70. #70 by Sarah on December 22, 2008 - 5:39 pm

    Thank you Tim!

  71. #71 by Ivan Doumenc on December 22, 2008 - 6:18 pm

    Thanks for this act of pure heroic genius, you have me inspired and humbled.

    Vancouver BC

  72. #72 by Erik ReeL on December 22, 2008 - 7:27 pm

    Absolutely fantastic! Symbolic action, civil disobedience at its best. We cannot thank you enough Mr. DeChristopher!!! Our hearts go out to you!!!

  73. #73 by David on December 22, 2008 - 7:56 pm

    Hey man, I live and go to school in Tennessee and I really wish that people down here had more of an appreciation for activism like that which you have displayed so admirably.

    I think you’re going to be okay, legally speaking and wish you all the best.

    University of Tennessee, Knoxville

  74. #74 by LJ on December 22, 2008 - 9:32 pm

    Thank you so much. You may have just saved some of the most beautiful lands I’ve ever seen from oil and gas development. You’ve inspired me and countless others. Thank you!

  75. #75 by aaron norwood on December 22, 2008 - 10:01 pm

    tim…good to see you out there working!!! be good and swing by and see us in AZ…

  76. #76 by Robert Wood on December 22, 2008 - 11:09 pm

    To help green hero Tim and the lands for which he sacrified, I’m passing this on to High Country News. Tim’s deed and his snowballing support make a beautiful story. Spreading the word to your friends and the media can create a groundswell of public opinion that will spread like wildfire, scorching the despoilers and bringing the matter to Obama’s attention so justice can prevail.

  77. #77 by Anonymous on December 23, 2008 - 2:25 am

    Thank you Tim! If what you did is illegal it’s not half as illegal as what this administration has done over and over again. I look forward to following your story and donating either to your bid and/or your lawyer. Whatever you think is best.

    Some day when I have children and take them to Utah, they will thank you as well!

    Best of luck and keep fighting! We are here for you.

  78. #78 by Beth on December 23, 2008 - 2:36 am

    Tim is a hero, and I will contribute to his defense fund. I don’t think that the government has the right to give away drilling rights to lands they don’t own.. rights that in fact belong to the people of the United States. Whether or not the lands should be drilled upon is a serious question that deserves much thought, research, and attention. Not rushed through days before a new administration (who would likely never allow the sale) comes into office.

    In my opinion, the only fraud that was committed was the auction itself.

  79. #79 by Moira Govan on December 23, 2008 - 4:11 am

    You’re a Planet Hero Tim – a brave, advanced, enlightened soul- – if everyone was like you the Planet would be just fine!
    So incredibly grateful to you – you’ve made my Xmas – you are going straight on my Prayer List – you will inspire so many by your example!

    Lots of love
    Moira Govan – http://www.EVUK.co.uk – non profit campaign for electric vehicles and renewable energy technologies

  80. #80 by Moira Govan on December 23, 2008 - 4:19 am

    and you’ve made me cry as I watched you on DN!
    You’re just the voice we need to lead the race to save this planet!
    Bless you and prayers for you – you should be given a top job to save the planet
    Moira G, Gloucester, UK

  81. #81 by Julie Trevelyan on December 23, 2008 - 11:14 am

    Nicely done. No matter what all the pundits and naysayers spout, the civil actions of the few have always been what eventually bring about positive change. Thank you so much, Tim, for allowing your passionate belief to dictate your fearless actions.

  82. #82 by Toddag on December 23, 2008 - 11:28 am

    Tim, you are a hero! Thank you!

  83. #83 by Ken on December 23, 2008 - 11:51 am

    Because I think the auction is fraudulent, I am going to commit fraud myself. Yeah that makes sense?

  84. #84 by Bob Schatz on December 23, 2008 - 12:01 pm

    Having recently finished reading both Desert Solitaire and The Monkey-wrench Gang, I offer you my sincere thanks, my children’s thanks, their children’s thanks, etc., etc.!

  85. #85 by john k on December 23, 2008 - 12:06 pm

    WOW…i can’t remember the last time an individual’s act has affected me like this. when u finally meet your earthly demise, i’m sure you’ll be getting them 73 virgins upon your deserved ascension to a heavenly paradise. i’m unemployed now, but if the feds do chose to go after u, i’ll be sending a contribution. u and muntazar al-zaidi are my 2 new heroes. all the best.

  86. #86 by Brad Bacon on December 23, 2008 - 12:12 pm

    Tim I feel you have done the most noble action I have been alive for. To Brad whos comment on 12/21/08 is uneducated and LAME, Your the type of scum that would sell your mother out for a buck. I hope YOU get YOURS for speaking such nonsense. ALL THE WORLD MUST LIVE HERE! Thanks Tim you have greatly inspired a lot of people to get out of thier comfort zone to help the world be a better place.

  87. #87 by Brad Bacon on December 23, 2008 - 12:25 pm

    How do I donate to the purchase of the land? You bought it, Let’s not give it back. We will all know you are the steward of it and the oil thugs can never have it. And I think it would be the best christmas gift to my nieces and nephews.

  88. #88 by Brian on December 23, 2008 - 12:26 pm

    We live in an country of laws and proper protocol. You will be educated soon about the consequences of breaking those laws.
    Anarchy will not save the environment.

  89. #89 by Candice on December 23, 2008 - 12:33 pm


  90. #90 by Anonymous on December 23, 2008 - 12:39 pm

    This is awesome…I’m glad college age kids are getting in there and stirring things up for the better!!!

  91. #91 by Emmett J Murphy on December 23, 2008 - 2:48 pm

    Tim DeChristopher is a new hero of the environmental movement, a young man who has risked a great deal for the earth, our nation, and his convictions (and mine!). He deserves awards and support from us all. Bravo, Tim!

  92. #92 by BK on December 23, 2008 - 3:52 pm

    I think Tim is a hero! I have contributed to his defense fund, and I hope this story gains momentum ( I am in Europe and read about all of this from a link on Yahoo). I think Tim has alot of courage. Those who SERIOUSLY thinks what Tim did will impact gas or food prices in any way, shape, or form should do a bit more research into energy issues (Hint hint, just because Rush or Fox News say it, doesn’t make it true).

    What Tim did was ensure that drilling on these lands is debated and fairly evaluated… in a very public forum- not rushed through in the final hours (Thank GOD) of the Bush administration. The only crime committed was by the BLM/whoever authorized the auction. SHAME ON THEM.

  93. #93 by eArThworm on December 23, 2008 - 4:13 pm


  94. #94 by Tara on December 23, 2008 - 4:29 pm

    Way to go- you are on businessweek.com http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D958H33G1.htm?chan=top+news_top+news+index+-+temp_news+%2B+analysis

    Now, when will CNN carry the story??

  95. #95 by WASanford on December 23, 2008 - 4:36 pm

    Thank You for your courage!

  96. #96 by Nora Jones on December 23, 2008 - 4:40 pm

    I am in awe of you, Tim. What an extremely brave and clever thing to do.

  97. #97 by BK on December 23, 2008 - 5:25 pm

    Tell the BLM what you think of their auction:


    I asked them for an apology.

  98. #98 by Moribund Republic on December 23, 2008 - 5:28 pm

    That will get us far BK.

  99. #99 by Sally Rogers on December 23, 2008 - 5:51 pm

    As I have read about this, the thought that keeps going through my head is: “Why can’t we all contribute to a fund that actually goes toward fulfilling the 1.7 million amount that Tim has bid?!?” Instead of a legal fund for his defense, we could turn the whole arrest incident on its head, by making him a “legitimate” buyer of the oil/gas leases. Could they really follow through on any charges,then, if he paid up?

    I keep thinking of all the money that Obama’s campaign raised through large numbers of small donations. A grassroots groundswell, with enough publicity, could very well raise some serious capital — and bail Tim out of his legal problems before they go any further, by rendering them moot. The big bonus: all that pristine land gets “bailed out” too.

    Just throwing this idea out there. Could it feasibly work?

  100. #100 by Cal North on December 23, 2008 - 5:53 pm

    Please, someone start an account to collect donations for the purchase. How much do we need? How long do we have to put up the money?

  101. #101 by David on December 23, 2008 - 6:12 pm

    “As we get closer and closer to the point of too late, we have less and less to lose from resisting.” Wow, that’s beautifully said … and incredibly sad that it must be said.
    I’m from the generation who felt that way about the nuclear arms race in the 1980’s.
    I don’t know if you’re any kind of Christian, but I feel your action is like Jesus overturning the tables of the moneychangers in the temple. Wilderness is God’s original temple: where better to worship the Creator and appreciate His (or Her) work? How sickening to have all those moneychangers planning to desecrate it. God Bless YOU!

  102. #102 by CarolfromMA on December 23, 2008 - 7:40 pm

    I have a feeling, Tim, that your courageous and inspired act will be the desperately
    needed turning point for the environmental movement. For my children and grandchildren, I thank you.

  103. #103 by Frank on December 23, 2008 - 8:08 pm

    I appreciate what you have done. Your action is an example for all of us. Now let’s hope more people start looking for seriously at the corporate takeove of our public lands.

  104. #104 by emsk on December 23, 2008 - 8:39 pm

    I hope you are in debt up to your eyeballs for the rest of your life.

  105. #105 by Blaine Clarke on December 24, 2008 - 12:03 am

    Brilliant. Tim, your courage is an inspiration, and just what the environmental movement needed — thank you!!! Like many other folks who have commented, I, too, would like to see the land you won put into a trust or protected in some way, but I agree with your statement that it doesn’t really take away the problem if the American people just re-buy land that was already theirs — let’s hope that it doesn’t come to that, and make sure that the new administration sides with the environment on this one! Thanks again, you are wonderful!

  106. #106 by hope on December 24, 2008 - 7:24 am

    awesome! i think your next step should be to raise the money to actually buy the land, and then put it all in a land trust that means it can’t ever be developed by greedy corporations. hell, we need a foundation set up with enough money to hit these auctions on a regular basis. as it stands now, the government is pretty much subsidizing the oil and gas industry by giving them access to our lands with no competition beyond each other. sick. thanks for calling attention to the issue and good luck!

  107. #107 by Ryan Gardner on December 24, 2008 - 10:03 am


    My childhood memories are filled with camping, hiking, and backpacking through these beautiful areas. My current recreation time is spent exploring these areas, and I plan on providing my kids with the same memories I had.

    Thanks for being willing to stand up for what you believe. You’re a hero.


  108. #108 by Moribund Republic on December 24, 2008 - 10:11 am

    It is BLM land, it cannot be bought and put in trust, the land is leased for terms. It could be re-designated as wilderness or monument, then it would not be developed.

    The area around Moab has been cattle grazed, farmed, salt mined, uranium mined, oil drilled very extensively before the place was discovered by tourists.

    Some day watch the John Wayne movie Red River. He talks to his dead Mom at the little graveyard at White’s Ranch along Rte 128, the River road. If you follow that carefully you will note that in the background there are abundant grasses that grow thickly right up to the vertical walls of the canyon.

    It isn’t there anymore, it was grazed off and never comes back.

    What you think is a “wilderness” really isn’t, it was worked before any of us really saw it. Now the Roan Plateau in CO., that was wilderness. Was.

  109. #109 by michele on December 24, 2008 - 1:48 pm

    Tim, yours is a good deed accompanied by elegance and wit — many thanks for that and have a happy holiday!

  110. #110 by Ty Markham, PsyD on December 24, 2008 - 10:19 pm

    You are a true patriot Tim. Civil disobedience in the service of truth/justice undergirds all free societies. I’ll join others in donating to your defense fund and pressing for executive pardon.

  111. #111 by Tim DeChristopher on December 25, 2008 - 10:02 am

    Thank you all so much for your support. It gives me real hope for my future to see so many others who are willing to stand up and take action. While my act may end up protecting some land and keeping some oil in the ground, the real significance will be seen when all of you take action to resist the path of destruction that we are on. That is the greatest Christmas gift I could have asked for. I hope to see you all on March 2nd in Washington DC. Thank you and Merry Christmas to you all.

  112. #112 by Gerry Terwilliger on December 25, 2008 - 4:20 pm

    Wow! Thank you!

  113. #113 by bart ziegler on December 25, 2008 - 11:36 pm

    We are a tremendous part of you, but the brilliant act was unprecedented. Could it have been done with abundant colleagues in that room simultaneously? Just gave modest tidings, thank you Tim!!

  114. #114 by daniel on December 26, 2008 - 12:24 am

    Thank you.

  115. #115 by Susan Nesmith on December 26, 2008 - 8:39 am

    Thank you for your bravery to act under a high pressure situation. Not many of us can say we would have done the same if given the ball in our court although many of us would have wanted to. The biggest challenge unfortunately for you is not yet over, the media and 10 minutes of fame have only just begun.Keep your head up, your morals close to your heart and press on. You took a giant step to our future and making our generation convection’s known. Thank you. Just remember press on – regardless of how hard it gets you are a voice for our future now, take it and know there are people supporting you every step of the way.

  116. #116 by Anonymous on December 26, 2008 - 11:48 am

    An impulsive and creative act saved some of our national lands. Great job Tim. I’ll be contributing to your legal fund.


  117. #117 by Anonymous on December 26, 2008 - 1:28 pm

    be the change dude, be the change. rock on.

  118. #118 by Moribund Republic on December 26, 2008 - 2:31 pm

    Total land area of US: 2.27 billion acres. 643.2 million acres of public land (about 1 million square miles)


  119. #120 by Obama the Paul [merLot] on December 26, 2008 - 2:34 pm

    Awesome effort, dude. Way to stick it to the man!

  120. #121 by Magpie from Moab on December 26, 2008 - 5:02 pm

    Thank you Tim! We respect your boldness and appreciate your spontaneity. We’ll make a donation to your Legal Fund. And, we invite you to join one of our Multi-Day White Rim Trail Tours in Canyonlands free of charge when ever you have the time.
    Peace, Love & Happiness

  121. #122 by Kayla on December 26, 2008 - 7:59 pm

    Thank you Tim for acting so courageously! We support you.

  122. #123 by artheart11 on December 27, 2008 - 8:55 am

    Tim, I am so very proud of you for taking action!!!! Thank you is not quite enough, and it will have to do.
    I would like to contribute to buying the land or whatever would be the first monetary support for this cause. Thank you….thank you….thank you

  123. #124 by Damian Nash on December 27, 2008 - 1:48 pm

    Damian Nash Says:

    December 27th, 2008 at 1:43 pm
    Dear Tim –

    Thank you for your creative civil action during a crisis situation. It will help save the land we love here in Moab. You and your friends are welcome at our dinner table anytime!

    As you enter into a time of public scrutiny and legal complications, it might help you to remember that the word “patriot” comes from the Latin word “patria,” which means home-land, with an emphasis on LAND. In other words, the original meaning of the word “patriot” is a defender of the land against those who seek to conquer it. In this sense, conservationists are the true and original patriots, because they defend the land for its own sake and for the benefit of future generations. Unfortunately, in recent decades the word “patriot” has been co-opted by the far right to mean “those who defend the economic growth of the country at all costs, exploiting the land whenever possible for a quick buck,” and they have wrapped themselves in the American flag to confuse the masses.

    Because you now represent the focal point for the competing American values of land preservation and land exploitation — essentially the age-old battle between widsom and greed — you will get to see first-hand how those with financial power use it and abuse it to further their own agendas. Of course you are aware how the Bush administration is leaving a legacy of great violence toward the land of America and the climate of the world. They also leave a legacy of great violence toward innocent people who stood between vast Iraqi oil reserves and the Texas oil-men like Cheney who coveted it blindly. You are now a highly visible person who stands in between these same violent exploiters and the few drops of oil they hope to squeeze from the sands below Moab.

    It might be useful to you to remember that both Gandhi and Martin Luther King repeatedly said that, while they would not condone any form of violence, their methods of protest served to expose the violence that already existed, lurking below the surface in the oppressive societies they confronted. While the protesters committed no acts of violence, they were exposed to great violence from the police, who represented the arm of enforcement for oppressive regimes. Similarly, there is great psychological and social violence hiding behind the chant “Drill, baby, drill!” heard at the Republican convention earlier this year. You will be the target of that violence, of the confused masses of people who believe that the only answer for their personal and collective financial woes is the further rape and pillage of the American home-land.

    Please use caution where you step, and don’t underestimate the power of angry mobs. Greed, anger, and other human frailties turn into social memes that can cloud the judgment of those in power, even those who are truly well-intentioned. Please treat the individual humans who oppose you with kindness, as if they are confused but well-meaning people, because that is a correct psychological perspective, and a perspective that allows for real and permanent social change.

    Gandhi and MLK both humbly adhered to Jesus’s commandment to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” They firmly believed that wisdom and justice would ultimately prevail, not by destroying the people who opposed their peaceful agendas, but by appealing to their shared humanity and eventually winning their enemies over as allies. History has proven them right. Your creative act of civil disobedience has made you the lightening rod for the anger of those who are blinded by the lust for money and oil. Now win them over with wisdom and compassion.

    Meanwhile, know that you are a ture hero to me and my wife, Dorina, and we open our guest room to you whenever you visit Moab!

    Best regards,

    Damian Nash
    Moab, Utah

  124. #125 by Piper on December 27, 2008 - 3:41 pm

    Thanks for standing up for me, Tim. You did speak a voice for all Americans in protecting our future, mine is one of them.

  125. #126 by Judy Skog on December 27, 2008 - 4:16 pm

    I am proud to know of your brave actions. You give me hope that we can turn this super-tanker of an ecological disaster around in time.
    Judy Skog
    Madison, Wisconsin

  126. #127 by Felicity Wood on December 29, 2008 - 10:38 am

    You are a folk hero to the American people! Applause.

  127. #128 by Nicole on December 29, 2008 - 11:27 am

    Thank you.

    Sacramento, CA

  128. #129 by Erin on December 29, 2008 - 3:46 pm

    Tim, you’re the greatest! There are a lot of us who would like very much to have done what you did, but for family or other responsibilities outside ourselves could not. I definitely think it’s up to those of us in that situation to lend you a hand monetarily if we at all can. Thanks for taking one for the team. Don’t listen to the naysayers, you did the right thing to call attention to a situation that otherwise would have just slid right by!

  129. #130 by susan on December 29, 2008 - 4:53 pm


    That was truly a brave and patriotic action you took. Your selfless act gives hope that we concerned citizens can take on the wrongdoings of government and big corporations head on. I support you 100%!

    Oakland, CA

  130. #131 by Bob in Seattle on December 29, 2008 - 10:14 pm

    What a gutsy and courageous act. Thanks. Sometimes it just takes one person yelling “STOP this madness!” to mobilize an army of supporters. We are with you.

  131. #132 by Erin McMahon on December 30, 2008 - 2:49 pm

    You are truly an inspiration… and a hero. Thank you for your courage!
    Keep you’re chin up!

  132. #133 by Herb Chasan on December 31, 2008 - 2:22 pm

    Thank you very much. I love your creativity. I sincerely you don’t have too many legal hassles but I predict a great future for you in the environmental movement.
    I nominate you for the new Obama administration as secretary of the environment.

  133. #134 by Dan Ellison on January 1, 2009 - 7:43 pm

    You deserve a congressional medal of honor!
    Best Wishes!

  134. #135 by Lane Tobias on January 2, 2009 - 12:14 pm

    You are a bright light amongst today’s apathetic activists and ineffective envrionmental groups. It is in the spirit of people like you that radical thinking was brought to the mainstreamin the 1960’s and 70’s; unfortunately young people no longer have the same desire for change that generation had. Maybe this can be a starting point for a larger grassroots movement?


  135. #136 by bart ziegler on January 2, 2009 - 5:48 pm

    Lane’s gotta point. In the old days we would do things thoughtfully, which would make a difference. The reason I’m so thrilled shocked and awed by Tim’s genius is because it’s rare these days. But most welcome, and of course wish I’d beeen there to amplify his brilliant efforts at the auction.

  136. #137 by timjowers on January 2, 2009 - 7:36 pm

    The federal officials who took me into custody said that I cost the oil companies in the room hundreds of thousands of dollars

    So, they admit the auction would sell the land for hundreds of thousands less than its true value.

  137. #138 by Moribund Republic on January 2, 2009 - 7:57 pm

    Like it matters to a government that readily admits it is ten trillion dollars in debt.

    I know, I know, it’s the principle of the thing.

    It is the inability to regulate the companies once they are upon these lands that makes the BLM pretty useless. In the shredding of the Roan Plateau, it was the counties affected in Colorado that finally put the hammer down. The Feds are easily rolled, if you have the money. Better get Tim some money.

  138. #139 by Mark Mason PhD on January 4, 2009 - 12:13 am

    Reasoned, ethical, and informed action to protect the public interest. You are not alone.

  139. #140 by Sandy Carter on January 5, 2009 - 10:47 am

    Tim, thank you for your conviction and courage. I’m with you in spirit. The organization I work for, the Snake River Alliance, is fighting a nuke plant in SW Idaho and we’ve been sued by the plant developer. SLAPP suit, Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation. Let’s all keep up the good work. We’re making a difference. Sandy

  140. #141 by Liz Montague on January 5, 2009 - 1:43 pm


    I am one of the multitudes who cheered your brave act of civil disobedience. Thank You. I am a teacher who works diligently to raise awareness in my students concerning the seriousness of the environmental, economic and ethical issues facing the human family.
    You give me hope.

  141. #142 by Jennie on January 5, 2009 - 7:22 pm

    Thank you for taking swift action and stopping Bush and his cronies from doing any more harm to our beautiful wild lands. I take my hat off to you and support you 100%.

  142. #143 by Patricia on January 6, 2009 - 5:58 am

    Thank you for taking this great stand. The future generations will have wild lands to enjoy as I have all my life. God Bless.

  143. #144 by Concerned on January 6, 2009 - 1:37 pm


    You might want to check where these 13 parcels you bid on are actually located.

  144. #145 by Nadia Alber on January 6, 2009 - 9:12 pm

    Tim…THANK YOU is NOT enough. Words cannot express my gratitute, I wish I could at least tell you in person how much your actions have helped me have faith in the American people to do what is right – to do what is best for our children, our childrens’ children, and the plants and animals on this planet. I plan to donate as much of my meager pay check as I can to help your cause.
    You are my hero for protecting a place I hold dear to my heart. INow I live in Wisconsin, but I still dream about Arches National Park and Moab, a place I lived and worked for 6 months.

  145. #146 by nancelot on January 7, 2009 - 12:47 am

    Dear Tim,
    I’m old enough to be your mom. As she surely must be proud, so am I–of your courage, conscience, and committment. In these very difficult financial, political, and social times, your singular action speaks of a conscience that is pure and representative of what we are all supposed to do: the right thing. Thank you.

    Yes, Thank you for myself, my children, my first (forthcoming) grandchild, and for the generations to come. Although I’ll never meet you or know you, I’m indebted to you.

    May your sense of goodness and your integrity of follow-through set a course for all of us, old and young. And may your acts give you peace of mind and comfort, whenever you are in doubt.

    With all sincerity,

    Nancy Schmelter

  146. #147 by Allison on January 7, 2009 - 9:52 am

    Thank you Tim! You’re a true inspiration.

  147. #148 by Still Concerned on January 7, 2009 - 2:58 pm


    You might want to double check with the BLM how much money you owed the day of the sale. I calculate it to be $81,238.50.

  148. #149 by Katie on January 7, 2009 - 10:51 pm

    thank you. thank you. really, you are an inspiration.

    Check this out for legal defense…


  149. #150 by Diana on January 9, 2009 - 8:19 pm

    It is truly a privilege to donate to your legal fund.

  150. #151 by Al on January 12, 2009 - 12:10 pm

    Tim your courage is inspiring. Thank you.

  151. #152 by Gabriel Caplett on January 12, 2009 - 1:58 pm


    I was very impressed with your act of peaceful civil disobedience.

    I live in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Lake Superior) and are fighting a company that is very near to your university – Kennecott Minerals. They are trying to open a metallic sulfide mine on public land that is within ceded tribal territory. They’ve submitted a fraudulent mine application that was approved by our state government.

    Our representative, in the Governor’s office, recently resigned to work as a lobbyist for the company.

    All very corrupt and disheartening, and in such a beautiful, wild area with clean water.

    Anyway, we started our Protect the Earth summits last year. In the 1980s the Indian tribes and citizens in Wisconsin had them because of the treaty issues surrounding the harvesting of walleye. They evolved to encompass the anti-sulfide mining struggle there (also Kennecott).

    We have learned a lot from our neighbors in Wisconsin.

    I would like to invite you, as a speaker, to our Protect the Earth summit, later this year. You would be very inspirational to residents here as we continue fighting this mining operation and preventing it from happening.

    I hope you receive this blog post.

    Take care,

    Gabriel C.

  152. #153 by Rebecca on January 12, 2009 - 6:39 pm

    Thank you Tim! Best of luck.

  153. #154 by Louise Radcliffe on January 13, 2009 - 1:24 pm


    Thank you so much for what you’ve done for all of us. I admire your great courage and love for our precious Earth. I’ve enlarged the pensive Salt Lake Tribune photograph of you right after you were escorted out of the BLM bidding. I’ve saved it as the background on my computer at work. What a tremendous moment! I may have it put on a few T-shirts. 🙂 I will be donating to your legal fund.

    The Best To You Always,


  154. #155 by kathy merletti on January 14, 2009 - 8:07 pm

    Thank you for your courageous and brilliant tactics! You frickin’ rock!

  155. #156 by jennah ferrara on January 14, 2009 - 8:08 pm

    i’m kathy’s best friend–and what she said!

  156. #157 by Utahn on January 14, 2009 - 9:58 pm

    Have fun in prison!

  157. #158 by Gene Hanners on January 17, 2009 - 8:20 pm


    If money be the root of all evil, then I’m a saint … but I’m in agreement with another that left a comment here, and if you find that a few thousand partners will help you pay for that land, count me in for a few bucks …

    and btw … Thank You bidding

  158. #159 by Jaclyn DeSantis on January 18, 2009 - 12:07 pm

    I just read about your actions in the LA Times and it made me cry! Thank god for you!
    Despite how blatantly bad things are concerning sacred land falling into the hands of hungry oil and coal (and palm…etc) developers,I don’t think a lot of people (including myself) are aware that stuff like this is even happening or CAN happen for that matter- I assume that a lot of these places are protected.
    I only wish that I had heard about your plight sooner
    I’m so inspired by what you did and would love to help in any way possible- I would surely put in as many bucks as I can scrounge up toward that land
    in gratitude

  159. #160 by Dave Tinham on January 19, 2009 - 1:48 am

    Respect to you for your wise, brave and prescient action. It’s a shame our politicians and business leaders do not display similar qualities when it comes to our shared issues concerning the environment.

  160. #161 by Kim on January 19, 2009 - 9:06 am

    Sending support from MA- just read an article about you in the Boston Globe. Great job! Keep the story in the media, the more people know about you, the more support you will get!

  161. #162 by Ann in Somerville, MA on January 25, 2009 - 5:16 am

    I was just in red rock country with my eight-year-old and husband last August, and I want to thank you for saving the land for all future generations.

  162. #163 by Clay on January 29, 2009 - 6:15 am

    Before your supporters come to an opposing Web site that sees what you do as a criminal act, you should let them know they should read the entire blog and comprehend it before responding. Their responses show their ignorance and should be an embarrassment to you. If they had any kahoneys, they would leave a name and not sign their responses as anonymous.

  163. #164 by Jennifer on January 29, 2009 - 11:44 am

    hmmm… that’s funny, Clay- I see a name before every single response

  164. #165 by Danny Berry on February 13, 2009 - 7:27 pm


    I’ve loved and camped in the Island in the Sky area for more than 15 years now and love it with all my heart. I live in NYC, and for me the Island is the solution to how hard it can be to live in New York.

    I put $200 in your coffers when I first heard about the campaign and am glad for it to continue in your hands for your legal case–should one materialize.

    Meanwhile, three buddies of mine who have never been to Utah and I are going camping in the Island next week from the 21st to the 28th. If you’re, by chance, going to be in Moab during that time, it would be great–an honor really–to get to meet you.

    If not, all the best for everything you do, mean, stand for.


  165. #166 by Danny Berry on February 13, 2009 - 7:28 pm

    feel free to write to me if you catch this message and are around next week in Moab–the 21st-28th


  166. #167 by Vicotria on March 24, 2009 - 5:08 pm

    I just want you to know that because of the dishonest act you did, and the tangling up of the schedule my husband had for work we are about to lose our home. Did you think that your act could affect honest people trying to make a living? Well, it has, and I’m sure that my three children thank you also. Oh, did I tell you that I am going through surgeries and treatment for cancer? Which one should I put off because I dont have the money now? You have made a ripple effect on so many others, that you will probably never know. There is a way to provode for ourselves and still be environmentally friendly. Figure that out instead of making more hardwhip on others. If you never fill up your car with gas, or heat your home, and pick up the garbage on the mountain behind my house, then I will believe you actually have a true heart about what you did.

  167. #168 by anon on March 24, 2009 - 5:38 pm

    Vicotria, maybe your husband should find a more honest and less destructive line of work. you sound selfish and parasitic.

  168. #169 by Anonymous on March 24, 2009 - 5:54 pm

    “Vicotria, maybe your husband should find a more honest and less destructive line of work. you sound selfish and parasitic”.

    Aren’t we all to greater or lessor degree I say. Where is your dividing line anon?

    Say anon, do you use any gas in your life?

    Sit in building heated or cooled by it? Use electricity? It nice to know that the truly selfish and parasitic always seem to have a way of moralizing their own responsibility away.

  169. #170 by Cliff Lyon on March 24, 2009 - 6:26 pm


    Pass me your info. I may be able to help.

    Cliff 801.274.0882

  170. #171 by anon on March 24, 2009 - 6:34 pm

    and you, Anonymous/Vicotria, to the greater not lessor [sic] degree I say.

  171. #172 by Bart on March 24, 2009 - 8:17 pm

    Victoria’s argument appears pitiful and saccharine, for those who may find her remarks honest. Regardless, our champion’s efforts reign supreme during a time of Bush/Cheney repression and corruption at the highest levels.

    Natural resource extraction in the Wild Wild West has always been a gambler’s game!

  172. #173 by Amy Seeds on April 2, 2009 - 11:22 pm


    We spoke at Power Shift. I’m in the San Francisco GOT, working with Greenpeace this semester. I’m still so thankful you did what you did.

    I just read of the indictments. Please let me know what the next steps are, besides writing our congressmen. Can we call and tell someone (federal courts) that we demand the charges dropped?

    In solidarity.
    Amy Seeds

  173. #174 by Ashley on April 7, 2009 - 10:17 pm

    what you did is amazing. thank you for being such an inspiration.

  174. #175 by kevin tennant on May 28, 2009 - 9:05 am

    Your idealism is good but your methods and justifications are immoral. The rule of law, plus our country’s need for energy independence trump your pathetic ego. I sincerely hope you spend a long difficult time in prison. I also expect you to be bankrupted by fines and compensation payments.

  175. #176 by Bart on May 28, 2009 - 11:56 am

    Kevin, you are absolutely wrong. That Boston Tea Party occurred when the Brits screwed us. Timothy, on behalf of us all not as courageous, leveraged his stand for a most sacred and selfless reasons, so I consider him markedly more patriotic than your finger waggling self.

  176. #177 by Uncle Rico on May 28, 2009 - 2:27 pm

    Really Kev? Immoral? In what respect were Tim’s actions immoral? And what about the rule of law that you hold so sacrosanct? If my memory serves me correctly, the lease auction that Tim disrupted was halted by the Federal Courts because of the failure of the DOI to follow the “rule of law.” So Tim disrupted an illegal lease auction and your view is that he acted immorally? Interesting.

  177. #178 by Kevin on July 4, 2009 - 6:47 pm

    Does anybody think that blaming this on Bush/Cheney sounds funny? All branches of government have let us down. Let us not limit our attacks on the GOP. Democrats have blood on their hands as well and it’s time to realize that Obama will not be the one to help. Power corrupts all. The government does not care about the environment. Even Al Gore is doing what he is doing for the publicity. DON’T BE NAIVE.

  178. #179 by cav on July 7, 2009 - 2:57 pm

    Mixing modern art and the ‘environment?


    Going our ‘billboard art’ one better.

  179. #180 by usa lemon law on July 12, 2009 - 6:10 am

    Incredible, an inspiration to us all.

  180. #181 by shades on October 26, 2009 - 2:25 am

    We are thankful to highness of your spirit for the safety of nature. It is the time to think about the environment safety. We think that your message will be help full to draw the attention of all for the safety of environment. Thanking you keep it up.

  181. #182 by Stardust on March 3, 2011 - 7:12 pm

    Love your courageous action Tim!

    Please do let us know how we can help lobby for charges to be dropped and the land to be protected.

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