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Somewhat lost amid the turmoil abroad and Academy Award fever in the U.S., the White House yesterday was the site of a major student protest against the Keystone XL pipeline. About a thousand people, mainly college students, turned up to urge President Obama not to approve the pipeline, which has become a symbol of the environmental movement against climate change.
Close to 400 of the protesters were arrested after using plastic ties to fasten themselves to White House fences; the exact number of arrests, as 350.org founder Bill McKibben pointed out, was particularly resonant:
“398 young people arrested at #xldissent at WH today, coincidentally the exact current concentration of co2 in air”