CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Local activists participated in a peaceful public vigil in downtown Chappaqua on Monday evening calling on President Obama to reject the controversial Keystone XL pipeline despite the release of the State Department’s report saying the pipeline would not cause "significant" effects on greenhouse gas emissions.
The event was one of more than 275 vigils nationwide. A large coalition of organizations including CREDO, Rainforest Action Network, the Sierra Club, and every indigenous tribe in North America used the vigils to call on the president to "keep his commitment to reduce carbon pollution and reject the pipeline."
The Keystone XL pipeline would run crude oil extracted from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, from the border of Montana and Canada southward to the border of Nebraska and Kansas where trains and trucks would ship it elsewhere in the country.
Environmentalists have repeatedly fought the construction of the pipeline, while Republican lawmakers have renewed their push to get the project passed.
According to NPR, the State Department's report has said that the oil will be drilled in Canada no matter what happens. If the pipeline is not built, it will be transported by rail and trucks, creating what they claim is equal or worse environmental impacts.
President Obama has 90 days to decide whether or not to approve the pipeline.