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ENVISION THIS: Farmers, ranchers and tribal leaders travelling all the way to Washington DC because the Keystone XL pipeline continues to threaten land, water, climate and tribal rights.
We will be interviewing Bob Klotz and others from 350-Maine live from the Washington Mall where they are supporting the Cowboy Indian Alliance in asking President Obama and Secretary Kerry to make the trip over to the National Mall to meet with them. The decision to delay a decision about the pipeline was made -- supposedly -- to account for the impact of a possible new pipeline route in Nebraska. That makes this the perfect opportunity to sit down and talk with Alliance leaders.
From now until Sunday, Cowboy Indian Alliance members and allies will be holding demonstrations, ceremonies and educational events to tell President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. Day one started with lighting a fire that will burn at the center of camp throughout the entire week and pouring water fresh from the Ogallala aquifer—which Keystone XL would cross, and pollute—into the reflecting pool, and marching to the Reject and Protect tipi camp, led in a procession by tribal officials and all 24 riders.
Duncan Reisel of 350.org says “Keystone XL would carry 830,000 barrels a day of the world's dirtiest oil, pumping dozens of coal plants worth of carbon pollution into the air. I can think of no better way to spend Earth Day than with this powerful alliance who have travelled so far to tell President Obama to stop this pipeline once and for all.”
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