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Florida college students go to White House to protest Keystone XL oil pipeline



WASHINGTON — More than 200 Eckerd College students joined thousands of protesters outside the White House on Sunday in a boisterous attempt to pressure the Obama administration against approving a controversial oil pipeline.

"I don't think the pros outweigh the cons," said Shane Farrell, 21, a senior at the St. Petersburg college. "They're telling us that there's going to be energy security and it's going to make gas cheaper for us. But we just haven't seen that in the numbers."

As he spoke, scores of young activists held signs and chanted, "Stop the pipeline, yes we will," a play on President Barack Obama's "Yes We Can" mantra that appealed to college students in the 2008 election.

At issue is the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada's oil sands to refineries in Houston and Port Arthur, Texas. Because it crosses an international border, it requires Obama's approval. (story here)


[Last modified: Sunday, November 6, 2011 10:41pm]


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