Anti-Keystone Protesters Risk Arrest at State Dept

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Anti-Keystone Protesters Risk Arrest at State Dept

Protesters to Obama, Kerry: Say 'No' to Big Oil and reject the pipeline 'once and for all'

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Lauren McCauley, staff writer

In the latest show of civil disobedience by the anti-Keystone XL campaign, more than one hundred protesters lined up outside the State Department Monday morning risking arrest to tell President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to get on the "right side of history" and reject the tar sands pipeline.

"The Keystone XL environmental review process has been a total sham dictated by the interests of Big Oil, not our national interest," said the group Credo Action, who along with Rainforest Action Network and the Other 98% are calling on activists to take the Pledge of Resistance and risk arrest to get their message heard.

"Both Secretary Kerry and President Obama know that the Keystone XL pipeline would contribute to climate change," the groups declared. "It's time to stand on the right side of history and reject the Keystone XL pipeline once and for all."

The protest included a number of Organizing for American volunteers and other grassroots activists who worked to get President Obama elected in 2008 and 2012 who want the president to "make good on his promise to deal with climate change."

In addition to those willing to be arrested at the State Department entrance, many other protesters gathered in support and carrying the same message.

The actions follow the State Department's recent announcement of an investigation of Environmental Resources Management (ERM), the contractor who drafted the "fatally flawed" environmental impact analysis of the Keystone XL pipeline, which has been accused of "playing Pinocchio" in acknowledging their extensive ties to Big Oil.

As Credo Action explains:

Recent revelations show that ERM failed to disclose ties with TransCanada, the foreign oil company seeking approval to build the pipeline through American soil, and with the powerful oil lobby, the American Petroleum Institute. In November 2011, President Obama postponed a decision on the pipeline until 2013, in the midst of a delegitimized review process conducted by another oil-industry compromised contractor, Cardno Entrix.

"But we don’t need a new investigation to know that the environmental review process has been a total sham and that Keystone XL would mean game over for the climate," the group continues on their site. They are asking those not participating in the sit-in to call Kerry and Obama to make sure their voices are heard as well.

You can follow along with the protest on Twitter:

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