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A last-ditch effort to stop the pipeline electrifies a movement; 1200 people are arrested in the Tar Sands Action at the White House

In August of 2011, the U.S. State Department issues a final environmental impact statement for Keystone XL, and finds Keystone XL would not significantly impact the environment or the climate. Climate scientist James Hansen famously warns that Keystone XL, if built, would in fact be “game over” for the climate. Hansen, Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Tom Goldtooth, and other influential figures issue an open letter asking people to come to Washington to risk arrest in front of the White House; over 1200 are arrested over the course of two weeks in August as part of the Tar Sands Action.

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