SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A crowd of protesters from various environmental groups gathered outside the Getty mansion in San Francisco Wednesday night where they called on President Obama to reject construction of a pipeline that would transport oil from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.
The president was attending a fundraiser at the mansion — one of two events he was attending in the city Wednesday.
Holding signs and chanting “stop the pipeline,” protesters from a group called CREDO, the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth and other organizations — gathered in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, a pipeline that if approved, would carry oil extracted from tar sands in Canada more than 1,700 miles to refineries in Texas.
Advocates of the pipeline contend that construction of the pipeline would create jobs, and would be more energy efficient than transporting the oil by truck or rail.
Opponents say it would carry “dirty oil” that contributes to global warming. They also worry about oil spills if the pipeline is built.
“It’s a very passionate crowd that wants to deliver a message to the president from this base,” said Becky Bond, a spokeswoman for CREDO, the organizer of the protest. “They don’t want to see the president on the wrong side of history.” Organizers estimated more than 1,000 protesters turned out.
San Francisco police did not immediately return a call seeking information about possible arrests during the protest, but organizers said that no arrests had been made.
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