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35,000 Protesters March Against Energy Independence and Jobs

In response to Thousands Expected To March Against The Keystone Pipeline in DC Sunday.:

As promised, thousands of environmental activists showed up in DC, Sunday, to march to the White House in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline.

Here, courtesy of far left Democracy Now is Obama's former Green Czar, Van Jones, who told the crowd, "if you don't fight for what you want, you deserve what you get."

He exhorted the president to block the pipeline; "if you fail to act now to deal with this crisis, that is a gun - a gun pointed at the head of the future. "History will judge you twenty years from now, based on one decision alone," he declared.

Bloomberg reported:

The rally attracted 35,000 people, according to organizers, who called it the largest climate-change protest in U.S. history. They said it marked the rise of a national movement demanding action on global warming as President Barack Obama weighs whether to approve the $5.3 billion pipeline.

“Twenty-five years from now, nobody is going to look back at our era and say, ‘Boy, I wonder how that fiscal cliff thing came out,’” Bill McKibben, founder of, an environmental group dedicated to fighting climate change and one of the sponsors of the rally, told reporters before the event. “Everyone is going to look back and say, ‘Well, the Arctic melted, and then what did you do?’”

The rally should show Obama that he has “the support he needs to block this pipeline,” McKibben said.

Supporters of the pipeline include business groups, congressional Republicans, organized labor and 69% of the American people.  Only 17% were opposed according to a recent Harris poll. Proponents argue that the pipeline will generate "$20 billion in private-sector investments in the U.S., create 20,000 direct jobs, 118,000 spinoff jobs and pay about $5 billion in taxes to local counties over the lifespan of the project."

Sean McGarvey, the AFL-CIO's president of building and construction trades, said he expected  the labor federation to come out "affirmatively in support of the pipeline" in the coming couple weeks. 


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