Protestors call on Obama to reject Keystone XL pipeline
November 18th, 2012
09:10 PM ET
10 years ago

Protestors call on Obama to reject Keystone XL pipeline

Washington (CNN) - Less than two weeks after Barack Obama won his re-election campaign, protesters gathered Sunday to call on the president and his administration to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and to act on climate change.

While Republican candidate Mitt Romney said he would support construction of the 1,700-mile pipeline, for the jobs he said the pipeline would create, Obama in the past has rejected rapid approval, citing what he called the "arbitrary nature" of the deadline Republicans proposed for passage and the need for sufficient time for the State Department to gather information necessary for a project that crosses into the American border.


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  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Until it can be run through less senstive areas and guaranteed with no spills. That will never happen. We need to develop more renewable energy sources and safer, cleaner fission power sources until fusion power can be made practical.

    November 18, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  2. rs

    The project should not be approved until: 1.) all reparations to all the property owners are negotiated and known- the Canadians should pay those fees. and; 2.) all EPA regs must be adherred to, and the Canadian firm must provide signed affidavits indicating they will pay for any and all environmental damages that occur during the lifetime of the pipeline, and; 3.) the oil is for domestic consumption, and is not to be sold abroad.

    November 18, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  3. Tommy G

    The far left Democrat environmental loons are holding the entire country hostage to their extremist views and demands. So will the needs of the nation be placed above these demands? So far Obama has chosen these extremists over the needs of the nation for fuel and jobs. Just as he has done in his administrations attack on the coal industry.

    Anybody opposing the pipeline has no right using any petroleum products otherwise you are a dishonest hypocrite and should be label as such. Problem is the leftists have always been dishonest hypocrites and have no problem with that because they have no morals.

    November 18, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  4. Larry in Houston

    yep, that's right, reject it – yep, keep losing all those counties in appalachia – maybe they will show up in much larger numbers at the next republican convention – those people want to WORK – pitiful – but since he doesn't have to "run again" maybe he will end up ok-ing the keystone – don't forget montana – including ohio / wv / pa / md / ky – they are sitting on top of 800 yrs of Coal, and as long as the Democrats are scared to death of the EPA, they won't Mine / they won't drill / they won't Frack / they won't drill for Shale / pitiful – guess they think that blowing on ceiling fans – and windmills / and going on Battery Power / is the answer to everything, and all of our power needs. pitiful.

    November 18, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  5. Chelopez54

    Dear Mr. President,
    We do not want the pipeline! I live in Florida and come from New Jersey, I am very afraid of this going through our country! We have come to hate the Kock Brothers and were looking FORWARD to other means other than oil and coal that is GOOD for the environment! PLEASE.......
    One more thing, WE do not want you to bring MItt Romney in- anywhere........
    I know you are a good man and you think it is something good to do like you did with Hilliary. We love her! WE HATE HIM! And he still goes on with his farce even now AFTER the election. We do not trust him! That is why we voted for you!
    Please Please , let it go, keep him out!

    November 18, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  6. Thomas

    How much in fines did BP pay this week for the oil spill in the gulf ?

    We need to improve our electric grid before we put in a pipline .

    November 19, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  7. plain&simple

    The pipeline should be reviewed and approved if it meets the requirements for approval. If not don't approve. We need infrastructure and jobs....we also need to apply our latest knowledge,technology and standards to our projects. When we know better we should do better!

    November 19, 2012 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  8. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    Protestors call on Obama to reject Keystone XL pipeline

    Well !!!
    If a protester in GREEN said so... Make it so...
    "I" "The ONE" have spoken !!!

    November 19, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  9. onlyfacts

    Climate Scientists (experts) have said if this pipeline is built the amount of additional carbon dumped in to the atmosphere would be irreversible. Tar sands spills are almost impossible to clean up. This pipeline will not lower fuel costs, will not help us toward energy independence and will only provide approximately 20 thousand temporary jobs. In other words a few hundred men will get very rich, while the planet is trashed beyond repair. If Obama approves this pipeline, he will be sending a message that says, greed wins again, now kiss your a** goodbye. If he does not approve the pipeline the message will be, there are alternatives that will create jobs, help the economy, help our independence and save the planet. This decision should be pretty simple.

    November 19, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  10. Gurgyl

    I think this nation needs to be more OIL-INDEPENDENT THAN EVER. I saw ELECTRIC CHARGING STATIONS IN REST AREAS OF NC AND SOME IN MCDONALD'S PARKING AREAS. Good sign. At the same time it is time to produce oil of our own in USA, despite being a strong ENVIRINMENTALIST AND WILD-LIFE AND PRO-FORESTRY PERSON, yes, we need this for a while. Push green energy and public-transportation for nation's sake.

    November 19, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  11. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    Do what's beat for the nation and the enviorment !!!

    November 19, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  12. paul

    Such strong opinions........... Honestly how much good can it do for us? We all comment like know it all's. The employment is temporary...the impact is forever. I am one of those whom sit on a mountain of coal. Is there no way to mine it safely -for us and earth. Or a way to cleanly convert it. Anywho i respect the opinion of both sides. I don't respect fanatics. Take a step back. Remove personal feelings. Look with eyes wide open.happy holidays ya all.

    November 19, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  13. Bessy

    Make sure it is the right thing to do Mr. President and remember all you bloggers, this pipeline will not benefit the USA at all. All of the oil will go to China and INdia. None of it is intended for our country. Never was ! As for how many jobs it will ACTUALLY produce. Do some Fact Checking.

    November 19, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  14. Larry in Houston

    @ Paul @ 9:35 am - yes, I drink my morning coffee – while reading all these very strong opinions – lol – – since retired now, after working all those yrs – drawing a pension – incl. running a very small business – Guess I could say that I'm not living in Coal Country any more, otherwise I either would be "un-employed" or on Welfare, if you don't have a federal or a state Job – lol

    November 19, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    What sense does it make to approve a pipeline going through states wanting secede from the Union?

    What sense does it make to approve a pipeline without being told what the final design of it would entail, or where exactly it will be going and what final path it would take?

    November 19, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |