Eau Claire environmentalists protest Keystone XL pipeline

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. Eau Claire area environmentalists are asking President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Alberta to the Gulf Coast.

The group gathered for a candle-lit vigil outside the federal building downtown Monday.

They believe the climate change impact of the pipeline is unacceptable.

This event is part of a national effort; hundreds of vigils just like it were held across the country.

"We really need to decrease our dependency on fossil fuels and move toward renewable energy and we need to have a president who takes a lead on climate change," says Jeremy Gragert, who organized the local event.

In a press conference Monday, spokesman Jay Carney said the President will only approve the Keystone oil pipeline if he's convinced the project won't significantly raise carbon pollution levels.

A decision, Carney says, the President will make once the full review process has run its course.