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Interest groups protest Obama's support for Oklahoma-Texas pipeline

Various groups on Thursday protested President Barack Obama's speech at a pipe yard near Cushing.
by Adam Wilmoth Published: March 23, 2012

Friends of the Earth criticized the president's “all-of-the-above” strategy for its inclusion of both the Keystone XL project and nuclear power.

“President Obama is betraying his promise of clean energy leadership,” Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica said. “By refusing to make choices to prioritize clean energy over the outdated, dirty energy of the past, President Obama is abdicating his moral responsibility to lead. He's giving in to political headwinds engineered by the big bucks of dirty energy industries.”

Meanwhile, a group of American Indian activists gathered in Cushing to protest the president's support of the Keystone pipeline.

Marty Cobenais of the Indigenous Environmental Network said Canadian tar sands drilling and construction of the XL pipeline will desecrate sacred sites and artifacts.

“Tar sands is devastating First Nations communities in Canada already, and now they want to bring that environmental, health and social devastation to U.S. tribes,” Cobenais said.

by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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