I’ve never been big on rules.

Neither, apparently, is Tim DeChristopher. He’s the young activist who just completely derailed the Bush administration’s plans to sell more of our public lands to the oil companies.

He sat in the lease sale in Salt Lake City on Dec. 19 and “bought” 22,500 acres of public lands right out from under the suits from Chevron and Exxon.

One small problem — Tim doesn’t actually have the money. It almost doesn’t matter, though, because he’s monkeywrenched the process so thoroughly that they won’t be able to conduct another sale until after the Obama administration takes over — and thus hopefully never.

Tim needs to raise $45,000 by this Friday, Jan. 9, in order to avoid fraud charges and put the sale out of reach to the Bush administration and their oily friends. He’s already raised almost half.

I, for one, will be supporting Tim DeChristoper, Bidder 70, with a tax-deductible contribution via the Center for Water Advocacy in Moab, Utah.

He deserves thanks for reminding all of us that direct action still gets the goods!