Keystone protesters urge Obama to reject pipeline

Demonstrators carry a replica of a pipeline during a march against the Keystone XL pipeline in...

Demonstrators carry a replica of a pipeline during a march against the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 17, 2013. (REUTERS/Richard Clement)

Kristy Kirkup, Parliamentary Bureau, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:51 AM ET

OTTAWA - Thousands of anti-pipeline protesters gathered in Washington, D.C., Sunday to urge U.S. President Barack Obama to reject the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline proposal - a project Prime Minister Stephen Harper has called a "complete no-brainer."

The protesters, who marched to the White House to hammer "dirty" Canadian crude, have urged Obama to quash the plan to push Alberta oil to the Texas Gulf Coast over climate change concerns and other environmental fears.

In his State of the Union address last Wednesday, Obama issued an ultimatum that he would work to slash greenhouse gas emissions and address global warming - a move that has left environmental activists hopeful.


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