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Green groups to rally to demand climate specifics
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More than 20,000 protestors from around 160 organizations will swarm the National Mall Sunday in hopes of intensifying the pressure on President Obama over climate policy.

 

Obama has not yet detailed the specifics of how he will address the issue, aside from a pledge made in the State of the Union address to take executive action on climate if Congress fails to make progress.

 

Demonstrators are likely to offer plenty of loud suggestions in what green groups are branding the largest ever United States climate rally.

 

Were really past the point of playing games with any of this stuff”, climate activist and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben said in a Friday press call. Theres no time for half measures”.

 

McKibben said buses from 31 states are hauling people to Washington for the rally, which 350.org, Sierra Club and a number of other environmental and progressive groups are spearheading.

 

Participants will meet at noon near the Washington Monument, where speakers such as McKibben, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and others will address the crowd before marching on the White House.

 

The rally will put Obama in the crosshairs on climate change. The Hill

 

FACTS & FIGURES

Forty-eight individuals were arrested outside the White House on Wednesday afternoon as they urged President Obama to take a strong stand on climate change by rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline and embracing a clean energy future without fossil fuels. Common Dreams

 

Among the notable leaders involved in the civil disobedience were Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, which made news recently by declaring its leaders and membership would end an almost 120 year ban on participating in acts of civil disobedience. Large cheers went up in the gathered crowd of supporters as Brune was led away in handcuffs. Common Dreams

 

Obama has the final say on the Keystone XL plan, which would bring the dense fossil fuel from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries. The Hill

 

Green groups organized two Washington rallies in 2011 that likely factored into Obamas decision to punt a ruling on Keystone until after the election. The Hill

 

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