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Anti-Keystone Pipeline Activists to Protest at Obama Speech in Philly

By    |   Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 04:00 PM

Activists plan to sent a strong pro-environmental message to President Barack Obama when he speaks Thursday night as a part of a three-day House Democratic caucus retreat in Philadelphia, Politico reports.

The climate activist group 350.org, which opposes the Keystone XL pipeline project, plans to protest outside the Society Hill Sheraton, Politico said.

"Let's tell President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline once and for all," the group's website encourages of the protest, which comes as the Senate voted to advance the divisive pipeline project Thursday afternoon, USA Today reported.

"We will rally outside the meeting and tell him to say no to [the] pipeline and to demand renewable energy, energy efficiency, green jobs, and a just transition to a sustainable economy," the group, which is encouraging the president to veto any Keystone legislation that hits his desk, said.

Senate lawmakers voted 62-35 — with nine Democrats voting alongside the GOP majority — to finish up work on the bill that would open up construction on a north-south pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico with the promise of new jobs and increased energy independence. But the chamber failed to get a veto-proof 67 votes, USA Today said. A House version of the bill passed in January.

"We're hoping the president, upon reflection, will read and sign a bill that the State Department says could create 42,000 jobs," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, according to USA Today.

In spite of massive support in the Republican-led Congress, activists across the country have spent the past month in a series of protests opposing the pipeline and encouraging the president to reject future legislation, ThinkProgress reported.

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Activists plan to sent a strong pro-environmental message to President Barack Obama when he speaks Thursday night as a part of a three-day House Democratic caucus retreat in Philadelphia, Politico reports.
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