An estimated ten thousand protesters surrounded the White House on Sunday to fight the Keystone XL pipeline.
The hotly contested pipeline project is currently proposed to carry oil from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada to Texas refineries.
At the protest, John Bolenbaugh, a Keystone employee-turned-pipeline activist from Michigan told HuffPost's Lucia Graves, “I will not accept a job for a tar sands pipeline. I will not do it because I’ve seen the devastation and the sick people from what a tar sands spill does when there is a leak and there’s gonna be a leak. It’s gonna happen sooner or later.”
President Obama said last week that he will be making the decision on the pipeline's permit based on both economic and health factors.
Watch the video report above by HuffPost's Hunter Stuart.
"I think folks in Nebraska, like all across the country, aren't going to say to themselves, 'we'll take a few thousand jobs' if it means that our kids are potentially drinking water that would damage their health or if ... rich land that is so important to agriculture in Nebraska ends up being adversely affected"
Van Jones wrote for Grist, "We have a duty to support the president when he is right (for instance, fighting for the jobs bill). And we have an equal duty to oppose him when he is wrong. And if he is even considering approving this monstrous, planet-killing proposal, President Obama is flat-out, absolutely, and 100 percent wrong."
Critics argue there are multiple environmental and health risks if the pipeline is permitted, while supporters claim jobs and energy independence would be boosted with the pipeline.
TransCanada, the company behind the project, states that thousands of jobs will be created from the pipeline, although HuffPost's Tom Zeller points out that the math is "fuzzy."
HuffPost's Joshua Hersh reported last week that "haste and inexperience hampered the State Department's environmental review" of the pipeline. Hersh quoted a federal environmental compliance official from another agency that consulted on Keystone XL, who said of the State Department, "The people I worked with at State were good, honest people, and they were very inexperienced and naive about environmental laws."
Various celebrities ranging from Mark Ruffalo to Julia Louis-Dreyfus have spoken out against the pipeline, and invited concerned citizens to participate in the Tar Sands Action protests this past Sunday.
View the slideshow below for more prominent figures who are fighting the Keystone XL pipeline:
How to vote
Vote-by-mail ballot request deadline: Varies by state
For the Nov 3 election: States are making it easier for citizens to vote absentee by mail this year due to the coronavirus. Each state has its own rules for mail-in absentee voting. Visit your state election office website to find out if you can vote by mail.Get more information
In-person early voting dates: Varies by state
Sometimes circumstances make it hard or impossible for you to vote on Election Day. But your state may let you vote during a designated early voting period. You don't need an excuse to vote early. Visit your state election office website to find out whether they offer early voting.My Election Office
General Election: Nov 3, 2020
Polling hours on Election Day: Varies by state/localityMy Polling Place