ASBURY PARK — With President Barack Obama touring the Jersey Shore with Gov. Chris Christie yesterday to inspect its ongoing recovery from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, a crowd of New Jersey activists gathered to call on the elected officials to help prevent climate disruption and future extreme weather events by moving forward on clean energy.
Dozens of activists from organizations like Sierra Club, 350.org, CREDO, Friends of the Earth, FtF, Food and Water Watch, The Other 98%, and Occupy Sandy gathered outside the Asbury Park Convention Hall, where Obama and Christie their photo-op event.
Many attendees highlighted the galvanizing effect that Hurricane Sandy had on the people of New Jersey. Christine Guhl, an organizer with the Sierra Club, said: “Hurricane Sandy was a game changer for New Jersey and it shows how desperately we need climate action to protect our state and the rest of the nation from future climate disasters. President Obama and Governor Christie need to move away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy.”
The activists specifically called on Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which would open up development of the Canadian tar sands and potentially transport 830,000 thousand barrels a day of oil.
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