via: The Huffington Post - video by Hunter Stuart
An estimated ten thousand protesters surrounded the White House on Sunday to fight the Keystone XL pipeline.
The hotly contested pipeline project is currently proposed to carry oil from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada to Texas refineries.
At the protest, John Bolenbaugh, a Keystone employee-turned-pipeline activist from Michigan told HuffPost's Lucia Graves, “I will not accept a job for a tar sands pipeline. I will not do it because I’ve seen the devastation and the sick people from what a tar sands spill does when there is a leak and there’s gonna be a leak. It’s gonna happen sooner or later.”
President Obama said last week that he will be making the decision on the pipeline's permit based on both economic and health factors.
Reuters reported that Obama said:
"I think folks in Nebraska, like all across the country, aren't going to say to themselves, 'we'll take a few thousand jobs' if it means that our kids are potentially drinking water that would damage their health or if ... rich land that is so important to agriculture in Nebraska ends up being adversely affected".
Van Jones wrote for Grist, "We have a duty to support the president when he is right (for instance, fighting for the jobs bill). And we have an equal duty to oppose him when he is wrong. And if he is even considering approving this monstrous, planet-killing proposal, President Obama is flat-out, absolutely, and 100 percent wrong."