RAW Story: Thousands protest Keystone XL pipeline in D.C.

-By Samantha Kimmey

February 17, 2013- Thousands of demonstrators protested the proposed Keystone XL at the National Mall on Sunday.

“Hey hey, ho ho, Keystone pipeline’s got to go!” protestors chanted at one point.

“I’m ashamed of what my country is doing. I’m ashamed we’re knocking on your door with dirty oil. I want to stand up here as a Canadian and say I’m sorry to the workers in Canada and the workers in America who have to go home and look their kids in the eye and know that they are damaging their future,” said Evangeline Lilly, a Canadian actor.

The pipeline, if approved, would transport tar sands — which can be processed and refined into oil — from Canada through the U.S. Opponents believe the creation of the pipeline will increase pollution and worsen climate change. The Sierra Club, one of the largest grassroots environmental organizations in the U.S., claims on its website that tar sands extraction “leaves behind giant toxic lakes that are linked to abnormally high rates of cancer in neighboring communities and are large enough to be seen from space.”

Organizers claim about 40,000 people showed up, reported NBC News, though the news outlet could not verify that number.

A member of the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma called it “environmental genocide.”


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