US states protest against Keystone XL pipeline

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By Anders Lorenzen

Fuelled by concern that the Obama Administration would move to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline as the State Department produced a positive review of the pipeline, environmental groups staged vigils across US states on Monday. The pipeline would carry oil from Canada’s tar sands to oil refineries in Texas.


The vigils were orchestrated by 350, Sierra Club and tons of local groups and amounted to 280 events in 49 states. Yesterday, several high profile people also took to the internet to bemoan the State Department’s review, actor and environmentalist Robert Redford said in a blog that the State Department continues to downplay clear evidence and head of the Earth Institute at Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs in blog called it the pipeline to disaster.


Tom Steyer one of Obama’s most prolific donors, also a stark critic of the pipeline, launched petition in which he is urging Secretary of State John Kerry to demand an independent review of Keystone XL, free of vested interests.

In a fiercely debate on Democracy Now saw Friends of the Earth and the American Petroleum Institute clashing on the pipeline.

People also took to Twitter to protest Keystone XL:



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