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UPDATE: Barlow opposes Keystone XL in DC today

This morning, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow addressed people gathered outside the White House just prior to the arrest of more than 100 people engaged in a sit-in with the demand that US President Barack Obama not approve the Keystone XL pipeline. More than 700 people have been arrested over the past 12 days in these non-violent civil disobedience actions. Then this the afternoon, the Council of Canadians, the Indigenous Environmental Network and Greenpeace Canada were at the Canadian embassy in Washington to present a letter addressed to Canadian ambassador Gary Doer demanding an end to his lobbying in favour of the pipeline. The letter was received by the embassy’s public affairs and spokesperson, Chris Plunkett.