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"No XL Pipeline" Protest Near Obama Fundraiser on the Peninsula
by Ruth Robertson
Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 10:54 PM
President Obama is expected to make a decision by early summer about whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. He refused to approve it in 2012, but may not refuse again. The controversial pipeline has sparked strong opposition across the country, with major rallies and peaceful demonstrations in Washington, DC, San Francisco, and many other cities. On April 4 a rally was held to influence President Obama to refuse to approve the pipeline, which would bring crude oil from tar sands in Canada down to oil refineries on the Gulf coast. About 100 people gathered near an Obama fundraising breakfast held in the San Francisco Peninsula city of Atherton.

San Francisco Peninsula residents concerned about climate change held a rally opposing the Keystone XL pipeline on Thursday, April 4, at the corner of Alameda de las Pulgas and Valparaiso Road where the tony towns of Menlo Park and Atherton adjoin.

The purpose of the rally was to influence President Obama to refuse to approve the pipeline, which would bring crude oil from tar sands in Canada down to oil refineries on the Gulf coast. The President was at a fundraiser in a private residence near that intersection from about 9am this morning.

The controversial pipeline has sparked strong opposition across the country, with major rallies and peaceful demonstrations in Washington, DC, San Francisco, and many other cities across the country on February 17.

Opponents have multiple concerns about the pipeline, the greatest of which is acceleration of climate change due to the large amount of greenhouse gases that would be released into the atmosphere by the process of extracting the heavy-grade oil from the tar sands.
§Police keep back protestors
by Ruth Robertson Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 10:54 PM

§Protestors were there over two hours in the rain
by Ruth Robertson Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 10:54 PM

Lots of umbrellas
§light rain
by Ruth Robertson Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 10:54 PM

§Barricades set up to cordon off the demo
by Ruth Robertson Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 10:54 PM

Police and fire dept. personnel were involved in keeping protesters back from the intersection where the Obama motorcade passed
§Police eye motorcade approaching
by Ruth Robertson Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 10:54 PM

§traversing the traffic
by Ruth Robertson Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 10:54 PM

§Raging Grannies up front
by Ruth Robertson Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 10:54 PM

The Grannies said they wanted Obama to see their banner and signs. The motorcade came close enough to see.
§Along Alameda de las Pulgas
by Ruth Robertson Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 10:54 PM

§Some signs
by Ruth Robertson Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 10:54 PM

§Police Presence was heavy
by Ruth Robertson Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 10:54 PM

§A lone protesters relocates from one corner to another....
by Ruth Robertson Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 10:54 PM

...at Alameda de las Pulgas and Valpariso