Protestors campaign against Keystone oil pipeline

SAN DIEGO – Hundreds of protestors gathered in San Diego Sunday to participate in a nationwide demonstration to pressure President Obama to decline a Canadian pipeline that would bring oil to the United States.

Keystone KL Pipeline protestVarious environmentalist groups urged Obama to reject TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline. They believe turning down the pipeline would be the first step to taking action against climate change.

The environmentalists organized the march to coincide with a larger group of demonstrators who converged on the White House.

The oil from Alberta, Canada’s tar sand deposits is bitumen, which is heavier, more viscous and contains more impurities, and thus takes more energy to extract and process.

The target, for the moment, is the proposed construction of the 1,600-mile Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to U.S. refineries that ring the Gulf of Mexico.