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President Obama: Pardon Environmental Activist Tim DeChristopher

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Tim DeChristopher is the brave, environmental activist who brought worldwide attention to the illegal oil and gas auction in Utah that was one of President Bush’s farewell actions to the American people. Tim, also known as Bidder 70, bid and won many parcels that would have been sold for oil and gas exploration and development.

Tim entered the auction room not even sure of what he would do, but once given the opportunity to actually bid he went ahead with his action of protest against the governments illegal auction selling pristine wilderness for oil and gas development. For this Tim has been convicted of two felonies and faces sentencing, now postponed until July 26. The Obama administration found the auction fraudulent and canceled all sales. Rather than hail Tim as a hero for bringing attention to the auction this same administration has pursued the prosecution of Tim, who could be sentenced for up ten years.

Tim is 29 years old and knew that he could no longer sit by and allow actions like this by our government to continue knowing the damage that would be caused to our environment. Tim took this action for all of us, to save our future from the grim predictions of what kind of world we face with climate change. This petition is to ask President Obama to pardon Tim DeChristopher for the actions that in effect led to the administration rescinding the auction.

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