“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 “By refusing to make choices to prioritize clean energy over the outdated, dirty energy of the past, President Obama is abdicating his moral responsibility to lead.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.