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An environmental activist is handcuffed outside the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, as they continue a civil disobedience campaign against a proposed oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The protesters want President Barack Obama to deny a permit for the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline that would take oil extracted from tar sands in Alberta, Canada, and carry it through a pipeline cutting across Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas to refineries in Houston and Port Arthur, Texas.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) An environmental activist is handcuffed outside the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, as they continue a civil disobedience campaign against a proposed oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The protesters want President Barack Obama to deny a permit for the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline that would take oil extracted from tar sands in Alberta, Canada, and carry it through a pipeline cutting across Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas to refineries in Houston and Port Arthur, Texas. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)  

Police continue to arrest environmentalist protesters at the White House

United States Park Police arrested another gaggle of protesters outside of the White House Monday. The protesters were participating in an ongoing demonstration against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Police arrested 52 protesters for blocking the sidewalk in front of the White House, the third round of mass arrests since the protests began on Saturday. The protesters are calling on President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline — a proposed expansion of an existing line that would transport crude oil from the Athabasca Oil Sands in Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Illinois and Oklahoma, and down to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

So far 162 people have been arrested since the protest began Saturday. The event, Tar Sands Action, will continue through Sept. 3. More than 2,000 people have registered to take part in the sit-ins.

Environmentalists contend the pipeline will damage the areas it runs through, such as the Nebraska Sandhills, and contribute to carbon emissions. The protesters at Monday’s demonstration wore pro-Obama buttons and called on the president to honor his campaign promises.

“Obama said he was going to take care of the environment,” said Brad Teal, one of the demonstrators. “And now we’d like to get him to honor that commitment.”

“I canvassed and knocked on doors for Obama, and he promised he would stand up to big oil,” said Jamie Nolan, the communications director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. “He can’t let us down.” (RELATED: EPA’s new ozone regulations overburden local governments, say critics)

The protesters, however, appear to be directing their non-violent resistance at the wrong government building. When asked for comment on the demonstrations, White House spokesman Clark Stevens said the pipeline project is currently being reviewed by the State Department.

“The State Department is assessing the project on behalf of the federal government,” Stevens said. “That process is ongoing, including receiving important input from the public and stakeholders. I would refer you to the State Department for details on the review process.”

President Obama is on vacation on Martha’s Vineyard.

The United States Park Police did not respond to calls for comment.

  • Jagraham

     
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  • magicbeans

    Environmentalists are a pain in the butt and complain about all energy but offer no solutions. For example: My area south of Buffalo NY in the snow belt pays huge electricity bills. Our electricity is generated by burning coal. Our area has been identified as a great place for a wind farm. Clean green energy that you would think would thrill them. But no because they are worried birds will fly into the wind turbines. Never happy always complaining and nearly always complete hypocrits. Tell them to F off.

    • TruthFirst

      Your crude remarks only solidify your ignorance of what environmentally aware folks know – the hypocrites like you make the rest of us look shining by example.  Get lost.

      • magicbeans

        Make me.

      • magicbeans

        Make me.

  • Grebenohcs

    Only idiots would protest oil going to well (over) regulated refineries and try to force it to third world burners!  Did they forget that the earth is round?  No – they are not that ignorant – they just have different motives.  Follow the money and you will find their “cause” being supported by an industry/interests with a profit motive.  Currently though – they are creating a crude oil imbalance in the mid-west that is making millions for the oil companis.  Keep it folks!

  • Farmer

    I live right alongside TWO 48″ high-pressure natural gas pipelines with a 100-ft. right-of-way.  The right-of-way is as beautiful as any field I’ve ever seen, the crew who built the pipelines were professional, careful, and experts at their varied crafts.  The pipes are overflown and videoed twice a month by the pipeline company, they even send groundsmen in to spray the weeds three times a year!  The pumping station, about 15 miles to our north is a beautiful, well-kept  and QUIET operation. 

    These people are more environmentally sensitive than any two-bit “protester” that I’VE ever seen.

    We graze our horses and some cattle on the right-of-way, and are encouraged to do so by the pipeline company themselves!!

    BUILD that Keystone Pipeline!!!  It means tons of work for our people, and enormous savings for our populace, as well.

    Until you’ve actually SEEN a new, modern pipeline, you have absolutely no idea how well that job is done.

  • Farmer

    I live right alongside TWO 48″ high-pressure natural gas pipelines with a 100-ft. right-of-way.  The right-of-way is as beautiful as any field I’ve ever seen, the crew who built the pipelines were professional, careful, and experts at their varied crafts.  The pipes are overflown and videoed twice a month by the pipeline company, they even send groundsmen in to spray the weeds three times a year!  The pumping station, about 15 miles to our north is a beautiful, well-kept  and QUIET operation. 

    These people are more environmentally sensitive than any two-bit “protester” that I’VE ever seen.

    We graze our horses and some cattle on the right-of-way, and are encouraged to do so by the pipeline company themselves!!

    BUILD that Keystone Pipeline!!!  It means tons of work for our people, and enormous savings for our populace, as well.

    Until you’ve actually SEEN a new, modern pipeline, you have absolutely no idea how well that job is done.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Poulsenbaseball/1083232727 James Poulsenbaseball

    Environmentalist whackos are responsible for $4 gas! America has more natural resources than any country on wearth and it is the environmentalists with their sleazy lawyers who have stopped our home-grown energy and made us a slave to our enemies. Whjen you see an envvironmentalist remind them of their foolishness.
    I find it quite odd that environmentalists do not believe in God but worship nature as they wish it were. If anyone needs more proof of the global warming scam please read Chris Horner’s books beginning with “A Politically Incorrect Guide To Global Warming” which goes point by point through the maze of foolishness naming names, telling us who benefits and how much money is involved.