Neighbors Head To Largest Climate Change Rally

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

An estimated one hundred thousand people were in the capitol on Saturday rallying to get President Obama's attention about climate control.

Sarah Pierce says she realized that the Earth's climate was in danger right around the time nuclear power went mainstream.

She, and more than a hundred other concerned neighbors and Eastern Mennonite students have some real complaints about the Keystone Pipeline. The plan is to have crude oil travel 1,700 miles from Canada to the Gulf for refining.

"There's so many statistics about how bad it is for the world," she said. "I want my children to have clean air. I want them not to have tainted water. I'm concerned about fracking."

President Obama said last week he will use executive actions to deal with the climate problem if Congress fails to act. Those rallying on Saturday hope he will make good on his threat.

"The greatest threat facing humanity in our generation is the climate," said Dave Pruett, one of the neighbors on the trip. "We have totally failed at this point in time. I have a 17 year old daughter. I don't want to fail her."

The Keystone Pipeline has been on hold since November. A rally with 1,500 people last year could be responsible for that delay. A decision on continuing construction is expected very soon.

"They think it's a done deal," said Pierce. "President Obama has a lot of pressure. We hope, the group, and all the hundreds, hopefully thousands that will be there, we hope that he will hear."

The rally was expected to be the largest in the history of climate change awareness.

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