US protesters urge Obama to act on global warming
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Washington on Sunday to generate pressure on President Barack Obama to take concrete measures to fight global warming.
Waving banners and signs with slogans like "What will be your climate legacy?" the protesters called on Mr Obama to reject the US$7 billion (S$8.7 billion) Keystone XL pipeline that would bring oil from Canada to Texas, and order the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set carbon standards for power plants.
"We want to challenge president Obama to be a main actor as opposed to being a puppet of the big oil companies," Canadian-born actress Evangeline Lilly, star of TV's Lost, told AFP.
"It's about telling him his speech did not fall in deaf ears." The event at the National Mall was organized by local and national environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, under an umbrella group named Forward on Climate. "It's time for the country to wake up, the US has been dragging its feet too long," said Mimi Brody, one of the protesters.