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Obama Press Secretary Questioned on Pipeline Protest Aboard Air Force One

Obama Press Secretary Questioned on Pipeline Protest Aboard Air Force One

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ObamaPressSecretaryQuestionedonPipelineProtestAboardAirForceOne;ThursdayNearly100former‘08ObamaStaffandVolunteerstoProtest
 
 
Washington,DC–DuringapressgagglethismorningaboardAirForceOne,WhiteHousePressSecretaryJayCarneywasquestionedbypoolreportersaboutthetwo‐weeklongprotestsongoingoutsideoftheWhiteHouseovertheKeystoneXLpipeline,calledthe“keyenvironmentalquestionfacingthePresidentin2012”.DuringtheQ&Awithreporters,whenaskedifhehaddiscussedthemostpressingenvironmentalissuefacingthePresidenttoday,Carneyadmitted“Ihaven’ttalkedtohimaboutit”.
Inaneffortsupportedbynearlyeverymajorenvironmentalgroupinthecountry,over500AmericanshavebeenarrestedattheWhiteHouseoverthelast10daysinanefforttostopaproposeddirtyoilpipeline,theKeystoneXL.
"Justinthelasttwodayseveryonefromthepresident'schiefclimatescientisttoan84‐year‐oldgrandmotherwasarrestedonhisfrontdoorstep,”saidenvironmentalauthorBillMcKibben,whoisspearheadingtheWhiteHouseprotest.“Thisisthelargestcivildisobedienceactionintheenvironmentalmovementinageneration,andiftheyreallyaren'tevendiscussingitwiththepresident,thatsignalsadeepdisrespectfortheirsupporters,mostofthemyoung,whohavedemonstratedthattheenvironmentisatoppriority."
CarneywasaskedabouttheWhiteHouseprotestthismorningaboardAirForceOnenroutetoPresidentObama’sspeechinMinneapolis:
Q:Also,anythingontheseprotestsoutsidetheWhiteHouseonthispipeline?HasthePresidentdecidedagainstTransCanada’spermitforthepipeline?It’sthetarsandspipeline.TherehavebeenalotofarrestsoutsidetheWhiteHouseaboutit.
MR.CARNEY:Idon'thaveanythingnewonthat.IbelievetheStateDepartmenthas‐‐that'sunderthepurviewoftheStateDepartmentpresently,butIdon'thaveanythingnewonthat.
Q:IsthePresidentawareoftheprotests?
MR.CARNEY:Ihaven’ttalkedtohimaboutit.
 

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