May 23, 2013
Climate Activists Hold Major Rally, Demand Obama Reject Keystone Pipeline
Posted on Feb 17, 2013
Organizers of Sunday’s “Forward on Climate” rally and march claim the estimated 35,000 activists who descended on Washington, D.C., to demand the Obama administration take action on the critical issue of global warming constitute the largest turnout ever for a climate rally.
Carrying signs and chanting slogans such as “Hey, Obama—we don’t want no climate drama” and “Keystone pipeline? Shut it down,” demonstrators staged a rally at the National Mall before marching to the White House and calling on the president to block the construction of TransCanada’s controversial Keystone XL Pipeline.
Speakers at the event portrayed the battle of the pipeline project as a struggle between grass-roots environmental organizations and wealthy special interest groups.
“They’ve got the lobbyists. They’ve got the super PACs. They made the campaign contributions. They’ve got this town in their pockets—they have got the situation under control,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., told the crowd. “And then you show up. And then we show up. And we change the game.”
The rally came just days after a bipartisan group of senators called on the president to approve the $5.3 billion pipeline.
—Posted by Tracy Bloom.
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