More than 10,000 protesters marched on the White House Sunday to fight the Keystone XL Pipeline. Among the protesters was actor and director, Mark Ruffalo. He told the Huffington Post, “We invite the president to make good on his promises of a real renewable energy policy for the United States.”
Ruffalo made his stances clear on what President Obama needs to do regarding the Keystone pipeline. He says, “Now this President came into office on the promise of change. We are expecting it and if we don’t get it from him… we are going to leave him behind. This is a direct democracy action. It is an action that is… is not just stopping here but going to be moving forward.”
“I am saying to the President.. Now is your chance. You can deliver on what you promised us. 15,000 people are going to be here today and in our hands we are going to be holding the promises from his campaign. Ending the tyranny of oil in our generation was one of them.”
Ruffalo isn’t alone in his criticism of the President and his inaction on the Keystone XL Pipeline. Actress Daryl Hannah was arrested over the summer during a protest against the proposed pipeline outside the White House. She told the Associated Press, “This pipeline will only shackle us to a future of being absolutely dependent on this dirtiest of fossil fuels.”
Margot Kidder, Superman actress, was arrested along with Hannah at the protest over the summer.
And the Dalai Lama has even spoken out about the pipeline. His Holiness wrote a letter to President Obama urging him, “to say ‘no’ to the plan proposed by the Canadian-based company TransCanada to build the Keystone XL, and to turn [his] attention back to supporting renewable sources of energy and clean transportation solutions.”
The Keystone XL Pipeline would carry oil from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada to Texax refineries. The President said in a television interview last week that he would take the health of the American people into consideration when making a decision on the pipeline’s permit.
He said, “My general attitude is, what’s best for the American people? What’s best for our economy both short term and long term? But also what’s best for the health of the American people?”