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‘Thousands’ Protest Oil Pipeline (And Jobs)

From a cheering Reuters:

Protesters circle White House in oil pipeline row

By Jeff Mason and Patrick Temple-West
November 7, 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters opposed to a new oil pipeline from Canada to the United States circled the White House grounds on Sunday to press President Barack Obama to reject the project for environmental reasons.

The photos from this demonstration don’t support the claim of "thousands of protesters." But Reuters has to do what it can to show its solidarity with the noble protesters.

Opponents to TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport crude produced from oil sands, have dogged the president for months, arguing that the carbon emissions produced in the process of extracting oil from the sands would exacerbate climate change.

On Sunday thousands of men and women, many of them wearing orange vests with "Stop the pipeline" printed on them, lined up around the White House grounds, which include the presidential mansion, the Treasury department and a sprawling executive office building.

Carrying signs that matched Obama’s campaign colors of blue and red, some protesters chanted "Hey Obama, we don’t want no climate drama" and "Stop the pipeline, yes we can," copying phrases connected to Obama’s successful 2008 election effort.

The signs look professionally made. They could in fact be from the Obama campaign, come to think of  it.

(These protesters probably went back to their ‘Occupy Washington’ locale, where they protested about the lack of jobs.)

The pipeline controversy threatens to loom over the 2012 presidential race. Obama faces political pitfalls whether his administration approves or rejects the project.

A decision in favor would support Obama’s goal of creating jobs and diversifying energy sources, but it would alienate core Democratic supporters who are already disappointed by his progress in fighting climate change.

"I certainly won’t work for him, but I won’t vote for him if he doesn’t … say no to the pipeline," said actress Margot Kidder, 63, who campaigned for Obama in 2008 in Montana and was arrested at a similar pipeline protest earlier this year

Margot Kidder, who was born in Canada, said she only became a US citizen in 2005 so that she could protest the war in Iraq.

The State Department is running the review process for the decision, though Obama has made clear he will influence the final call

The State Department? Why should the State Department be reviewing this?

"These issues, along with American energy security and economic factors, will be considered in the State Department’s ongoing assessment."

The State Department said last week the decision-making process could be delayed past an end-of-year target.

Or at least until after the elections. After all, what’s the rush? We don’t need the oil or the jobs.

TransCanada said the protesters were ignoring out-of-work Americans who could benefit from the jobs the pipeline would create.

"What these millionaire actors and professional activists don’t seem to understand is that saying no to Keystone means saying yes to more conflict oil from the Middle East and Venezuela filling American gas tanks," said company spokesman James Millar.

"Our opponents can trivialize the jobs the largest energy infrastructure on the books right now in the U.S. will create, but we know the 20,000 Americans we will put to work constructing and manufacturing the parts needed to build Keystone XL feel differently."

Obama was not at the White House when the protest took place. As he often does on the weekends, the president was playing golf.

All day?

But, once again, Reuters has to prove its heart is in the right place.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 7th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “‘Thousands’ Protest Oil Pipeline (And Jobs)”

  1. parentofed says:

    Since the young demonstrators and liberal activists want to forfeit the $7 Billion in revenue from the pipeline, we could simply consider that money in lieu of all the entitlements and forgiveness loans these people want.

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