Tens of thousands of protesters gathered on the National Mall in Washington to call on the US President to honour his inaugural pledge to tackle climate change.
More specifically, they want Barack Obama to rethink plans for the controversial 5.3 billion dollar Keystone oil pipeline which would transport 830 thousand barrels of crude a day from northern Alberta to Texas.
Opinion among those present ranged from resignation to hope. “I don’t see enough being done right now, like things are still getting worse.” said one man. But a soldier in uniform said:“I’m proud to be a soldier in his army to tell the truth, because he has talked about it, made it a campaign issue many times.” A third person added:“I would tell Obama: just say no to the permit request for the tar sand pipeline.”
Backers of Keystone claim it would provide thousands of jobs and increase US energy security.
But some are not so sure. Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse said:“I hope that Americans are fed up with being ignored and with having Congress controlled by the big polluting industries and that they have decided that they are simply not going to stop until their voices are heard.”
Euronews correspondent Stefan Grobe said “This is not only the biggest climate change rally in US history, it also comes as a big boost for President Obama’s second term agenda. The message of the protesters is clear: Obama has promised action, now he must deliver.”
Copyright © 2014 euronewsMore about:
- 1Ukrainian prime minister’s triumphant speech after resignation rejected
- 2International investigators reach MH17 crash site in Ukraine
- 3Edward Snowden: after one year in Russia, what now for the NSA whistleblower?
- 4Deadly attack on Ukraine troops near Malaysia Airlines crash site
- 5Mystery in the heart of Paris as cocaine stash goes missing from police HQ
- 1#ن: How an Arabic letter was reclaimed to support Iraq’s persecuted Christians
- 2Eastern Ukrainians ‘hate Russian-led guerrillas’ — Arseniy Yatsenyuk
- 3Caught on camera – children drugged and beaten in Romanian kindergarten
- 4Ukraine: ‘Disappointment’ at Yatsenyuk resignation
- 5Fears over spread of Ebola as more tragedies emerge
Wires > News
- 22:40 CET African leaders agree steps to fight runaway Ebola outbreak
- 22:36 CET Obama says that after 9/11, ‘we tortured some folks’
- 21:35 CET North Korea accuses U.N. Security Council of double standards
- 20:24 CET Ten killed in clashes between Azeris, ethnic Armenians
- 19:58 CET Insight: Collateral damage – How Iran sanctions fears hurt…
- 18:14 CET Doubts surface about India’s Modi after trade deal scuppered
- 17:26 CET Ugandan court overturns anti-gay law that halted Western aid
- 17:19 CET Jailed Indian tycoon gets office to negotiate hotel sales