President Obama held a fundraiser in San Francisco on October 25, and more than 1,000 of his supporters showed up—not inside the swanky W Hotel, where some 200 donors convened for lunch—but outside on the streets to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline, a proposed $13 billion, 1,700-mile conduit that would carry tar sands from Alberta to refineries on Texas' Gulf Coast.
As protesters massed on the sidewalks, audio clips from Obama's 2008 campaign, promising to end America's dependence on oil, played over loudspeakers. That's a cutout of the prez, below, with one of those campaign statements.
"There's a sense of, 'Look, you haven't given us a whole lot during this administration. It's time to give us something significant, and this is it,' " Michael Marx, director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Oil Campaign, told the San Francisco Chronicle. "'If you don't give it to us, it's such a sign that you've betrayed your promises to us.'"
The Sierra Club is part of an action in Washinton, D.C., on Sunday, November 6—exactly one year from Election Day 2012—to rally thousands of citizens and encircle the White House for the largest-ever protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline.