Release Peaceful Exxon Protester From Jail

Target: Patricia Gabel, Court Administrator of Vermont Judiciary

Goal: Release Bill McKibben after he was arrested following a peaceful protest.

A man has been arrested and jailed for peacefully demonstrating against the deceit and greed of an oil corporation. Bill Mckibben is an active environmentalist and journalist who documents the growing threat of global warming. He has been following the process of global warming and documenting his findings through journalism for 28 years. His concern has grown over the past three decades, as has the damage to our planet.

A good portion of this damage has fossil fuels to blame, and the damage they have been causing to our planets even years before our knowledge that they were doing so. The recent Exxon Mobile scandal has let us know that the company not only knew about the damage they were doing, they were profiting from harming our Earth.

Upon finding about about the recent Exxon Mobil scandal, Mckibben was in an understandable outrage. “In the 28 years I’ve been following the story of global warming, this is the single most outrageous set of new revelations that journalists have uncovered.” Mckibben stated on his Tumblr page.

In reaction to the scandal, Mckibben planned a one-man protest at a Vermont ExxonMobil station. He stood in front of one gas pump with a sign reading “This pump temporarily closed because ExxonMobil lied about climate” with the hashtag #ExxonKnew. Mckibben did not use violence in his protest, yet was arrested.

With this logic, Exxon lying for years about their knowledge on climate change and profiting from deceit is legal, but Mckibben protesting this is not. Sign this petition and urge the Vermont Judiciary to release this peaceful protester and promote activeness among the environmental community.


Dear Mrs. Gabel,

I am writing you today because I am deeply disappointed by the arrest of a peaceful protester. Bill Mckibben has been an environmental activist and journalist for 30 years. After finding out about the recent ExxonMobil scandal, he was understandably angered at the company’s actions. They had lied to the world about their knowledge on global warming, and had they published their knowledge they could have prevented decades of destruction to our planet.

Mckibben did not use violence in his protests, yet was arrested simply for sitting at an Exxon station with a sign saying Exxon was aware of the damage they were causing. With the logic entailed in his arrest, decades of lies and deceit from a company profiting off of the destruction of our planet is legal, but speaking up about their actions is not.

I urge you to release Mckibben and drop all potential charges following his arrest. Our nation prides itself on our freedom to speak our minds, and that is all this peaceful protester was trying to do.


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Photo Credit: Bill Mckibben

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