Tim DeChristopher, Bidder 70, & David Letterman

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If you didn’t get a chance to watch the David Letterman show last week, you missed the interview with Tim DeChristopher. But don’t worry, you can watch it below (and probably should). As most of you know, Tim DeChristopher served 21 months in prison for what was called “civil disobedience.”

Tim DeChristopher
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During a Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction of 116 parcels of public land surrounding Utah’s Canyonlands National Park, DeChristopher bid on 14 parcels of land (totaling 22,500 acres) for $1.8 million with no intention to pay for them.

Even though he had no intention of bidding on any land when he got to the auction, Tim DeChristopher was handed a bidding paddle (which was number 70) and the rest is history.

On the Letterman show, DeChristopher was able to discuss the events up to his imprisonment to an astonished Letterman and to promote his new documentary, “Bidder 70.”

During the interview, Letterman suggested that what Tim had done seemed more of being a “prank” that could have been resolved by simply restarting the auction, which was a logical solution to the small disruption that Tim had caused to make his point about environmental protection of the land in question and the climate.


Although Tim is comfortable with going to jail for his actions and is banned from dangerous acts of “social justice” since his release, that doesn’t stop him from talking and promoting his cause.

If anything, his jail time has given him a stronger voice and given him the ability to appear on popular TV shows like Letterman. You have to commend Tim DeChristopher for taking a stand — to do what he believes in in order to protect what we all need. Here’s the trailer for Bidder 70 as well, enjoy!

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