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Hundreds gather to protest pipeline and stop climate change

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Hundreds of San Diegans joined a nationwide protest Sunday against the proposed Keystone Oil Pipeline that would stretch from Canada to Texas.

Protesters called for President Barack Obama to block the controversial project and demanded greater efforts against global warming.

If you were driving down Interstate 5, you may have noticed protesters, hundreds of them, standing along the Clairemont overpass.

"I think our nation has been tugged in different directions for so long. We're just not getting on with what really matters," said protester Patricia Gracian.

What really matters, they say, is cleaning up the environment by using renewable energy and banning the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would deliver oil from Alberta, Canada's Oil Sands Project to Gulf Coast refineries.

"If we're gonna save our beaches, we gotta get our head out of the sand," said San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

Filner opposes the Keystone and hopes the Obama administration will do the same.

"This is a 19th century approach. We can do better," Filner said.

He and other Keystone opponents say it would contribute to global warming by emitting more CO2 into the air.

Sunday's protest coincided with ones nationwide, including the largest in Washington DC.

Still, the project does have strong support from those, like Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman.

Among other things, he says the pipeline would give the economy a much needed boost.

"It will bring America and our state more jobs," Heineman said.

Others, however do not buy that logic, saying the future is at stake, especially for the younger generation, like 7-year-old Aryana.

"So the Earth can stay clean, because the Earth is good," she said.

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