A group of protesters interrupted President Obama’s speech on health care yesterday with very vocal remonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline. The group urged President Obama to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, citing environmental impacts.
President Obama smiled, and told the restless crowd that “it’s ok,” politely listening to their concerns before telling them:
That is the wrong rally. We had the climate change rally back in the summer. This is the health care rally.
The President is not entirely unsympathetic to their opinions, of course. He has said in the past that the environmental impact would be a major part of his decision on the pipeline–but he is not entirely unopposed, either. President Obama’s administration has approved oil drilling in the Arctic, and has been largely silent on fracking–both highly precarious activities. However, the President has assured the American people in the past that the pipeline will be approved only if “it doesn’t significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.”
Whether or not the President ultimately gives the pipeline the “go ahead,” it is impossible to not respect the class with which he responds to criticism.
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