Liberal environmentalists are spending a rainy Monday morning in Washington protesting outside the Capitol Hill townhouse of Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu over the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
According to a source on the scene Monday, protesters are standing in the yard of Landrieu’s East Capitol Street home holding signs opposing the pipeline. Protesters also brought along a mock black plastic pipeline. The source said Capitol Police and D.C. Metro Police are on the scene, but appear to be letting the protesters stand in Landrieu’s yard anyway.
The protest comes as Landrieu, trailing in the polls with her Republican opponent, is emphasizing her support for the Keystone pipeline ahead of her run-off in Louisiana next month.
Republicans say Landrieu is using the issue to try to save her seat. The Keystone pipeline would carry oil from Canada to oil refiners on the Gulf Coast, including in Louisiana.
After six years of not allowing a vote, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid plans to bring the Keystone pipeline up for a vote on Tuesday. The House voted to approve the pipeline last week. It’s not clear whether President Obama will veto the bill if sent to his desk.
Here are photos from the protest: