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Environmental Groups Protest Keystone XL Pipeline Ahead of SOTU

In the days leading up to an anticipated decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline, organizers once again rally the opposition.


Anticipating the State Department's environmental impact assessment of the Keystone XL Pipeline within days, a coalition of environmental organizations lead by will be staging a demonstration against the Tar Sands pipeline around the grounds of the US Capitol building on Tuesday in advance of the President's State of the Union address.


What: Protest Keystone XL with 350 by parading a giant pipeline around the capitol grounds. 
When: Tuesday, January 28th 11:30 am - 1 pm 
Where: In front of the Folger Shakespeare Library at 201 East Capitol St. at the corner of 2nd St. SE.



Last year, President Obama said that he wouldn’t approve the pipeline if it would “significantly exacerbate” carbon pollution, and that this determination would be made following an environmental impact review by the State Department.  Last fall, the environmental organization Sierra Club found that State Department officials failed to conduct a proper evaluation of contractors hired to perform the environmental review of the pipeline, finding a direct conflict of interest between TransCanada, the lead organization driving the cross-continental crude oil pipeline project, and subcontractor Environmental Resources Management (ERM) conducting the assessment.  


Critics of the pipeline, including Friends of the Earth, point out that the pipeline would be used to transport one of the world’s “dirtiest fuels,” tar sands oil, and that any spillage could be devastating to the environment.


The American Petroleum Institute has spent over $16 million lobbying for the Pipeline since it was proposed in 2011.    Faced with well-funded opposition, demonstration organizers say , "It's clear that it will take constant pressure from us if we're going to convince President Obama to reject it."



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