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A Big Day for the Environment: DeChristopher is on Letterman

Author: Reilly Capps/Tuesday, June 25, 2013/Categories: environment

social justice, global warming, climate change, Tim DeChristopher
[Tim DeChristopher. Photo from Gage and Gage Productions, at]

By Reilly Capps

Big day for environmentalists. Not only is President Obama going to shake things up, but America's most effective monkeywrencher is going where few other environmentalists ever go: on late night. 

Tim DeChristopher, recently sprung from federal prison, is scheduled to be on "The Late Show with David Letterman" tonight. No word on whether he plans to do stand up or if he'll bring a trained monkey. 

No, he'll be talking about the documentary about him, "Bidder 70." 

He'll also be on "All In with Chris Hayes" on MSNBC this evening to talk about President Obama's speech on the environment, which is being billed as a major speech, and which will begin at 2 p.m. EDT today. Here's Obama's preview: 

It's beyond unusual for an environmentalist / activist to be on a late night program. His name is listed on the guest list next to Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. But that speaks to DeChristopher's charisma, and the gravitas that accrued to him after spending 21 months in a federal prison. 

DeChristopher told me today he isn't sure what he'll say on either program, that he's "waiting to hear the speech" by the President. Which is very open-minded of him, but I joked to him that if he's going to be a famous TV pundit, he needs to learn to have opinions on things before he knows any of the facts. 

We've been writing about DeChristopher a lot since ever since late 2008. That was when he crowbared his way into a flawed attempt by the Bush administration to open federal lands to drilling, then wrecked it as surely as if he had used a bulldozer simply by raising his hand. He was pretending to be a landman -- an oil and gas bidder -- when in fact he was a regular old idealistic college kid. 

An article first published on RiledUp attracted filmmakers Beth and George Gage to the story. DeChristopher's charisma shines through in the flim, which is getting good reviews, including on the Huffington Post, which said the Gages tell his story "brilliantly." The film "Bidder 70," is playing in select cities, including Los Angeles. 

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