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Thousands of protestors gathered outside the White House on Sunday to protest the construction of the Keystone pipeline, a 1,700 mile pipe set to funnel crude oil from Canada to oil refineries on the Gulf Coast.

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Arguably, the most important environmental issue President Obama will face before the 2012 election, protestors urged the president to stand up for the nation’s environmental livelihood before oil company profits.

Some carried a long, black tubular float that read “Stop The XL Pipeline.” Others wore orange safety vests to remind spectators of the threat of potential spills.

Read more at the Huffington Post.