Protesters marched through the U.N. headquarters building in New York on Wednesday, a day after the White House rejected the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline, saying it would endanger “critical infrastructure.”
“It’s a sad day for America when a government agency like the U,S.
government has decided that it can’t even meet its own stated goal of protecting our national security,” said protester Stephanie Dann.
“We can do this.”
Dann was among the protesters who marched through downtown Manhattan.
In a statement, the protesters called on President Barack Obama to reject the pipeline, which would carry Alberta tar sands crude oil from Canada’s oil sands region to refineries in Texas.
“The President has shown that he has no interest in building an economy based on the prosperity of all Americans,” the statement said.
“Instead, he has put his personal interest and political agenda ahead of the safety and security of American citizens.
We demand that President Obama reject this pipeline, and that the United States be held accountable for any and all threats that it poses to our nation’s vital infrastructure.”
A White House statement later issued a similar message.
“We reject the Keystone XL project.
We reject the dangerous, dangerous and dangerous TransCanada pipeline,” the White the statement read.
“The Keystone XL proposal would lead to the further diversion of U.