Keystone Opponents Pledge Civil Disobedience if Pipeline Approved

Some climate activists are calling for civil disobedience if the Keystone XL Pipeline is approved.
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Alex Brown
Oct. 23, 2013, 7:43 a.m.

Op­pon­ents of the Key­stone XL pipeline are hold­ing out hope the pro­ject won’t be ap­proved, but some are pre­par­ing a plan if Pres­id­ent Obama gives the pipeline the go-ahead.

Three act­iv­ist groups have re­cruited 76,000 back­ers who are pledging to stage sit-ins to stall the pro­ject if ne­ces­sary, Bloomberg re­ports.

Rain­forest Ac­tion Net­work, Credo Ac­tion, and The Oth­er 98% say they hope their call for non­vi­ol­ent demon­stra­tion puts pres­sure on Obama to turn down the con­tro­ver­sial pipeline. And sit-ins aren’t the only drastic meas­ure pledged by op­pon­ents.

“If Obama ap­proves the pipeline, I will eat my hat,” said Daniel Kessler, a spokes­man for


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