Thousands March Against Keystone Oil Pipeline
Greens also call for standards on current power plants
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2013 4:01 PM CST
Thousands of protestors gather at the National Mall in Washington calling on President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – A crowd that organizers tallied at 35,000 marched on the White House today to pressure President Obama into nixing the Keystone XL oil pipeline, reports The Hill. The environmental activists came together in the National Mall and heard speeches before heading to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. "They’ve got the lobbyists. They’ve got the super-PACs," Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse told them. "And then we show up. And we change the game."

But major forces are pushing Obama toward approving the pipeline of fossil fuels to the Gulf Coast from tar sand fields in Canada, The Hill notes. Oil-and-gas groups, the Canadian government, and union groups have all approved Keystone; rejecting it would leave Obama open to Republican criticisms of failing on energy security. But activists are calling it a litmus test on Obama's promise to address climate change. "His heart is there," says former Obama adviser Van Jones. "The question is can we change the politics enough so he can do what he knows is right." (Nebraska has approved the pipeline, and the head of the EPA has quit over it.)

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adamo713
Mar 14, 2013 3:02 PM CDT
But I bet they don't stop consuming massive amounts of plastic and driving their cars all over creation! LMAO!!!! Oh we silly people.
clmsman
Mar 11, 2013 2:42 PM CDT
Bet most of those fat ugly liberal chicks oh forgot lesbians drove to this rally in cars that run on gasoline it shows they didn't walk. I know why liberal men are so angry all the time look what they have to wake up to it would sure put me in a grumpy mood. Glad I am conservative the chicks are hotter and smarter and don't look like dognut testers.
right2dave
Mar 3, 2013 6:53 AM CST
His heart is there," says former Obama adviser Van Jones.. He would get better advice from the two mice mind meld.