Growing civil disobedience actions pressure the president to reject the pipeline; President Obama announces Keystone XL must pass a “climate test” or face rejection. Indigenous activists

June: Twenty-two signers of the Pledge of Resistance are arrested at U.S. State Department offices in Chicago in the first action to show the president what it would look like if the growing Pledge of Resistance were to be deployed. Among those arrested include several former Obama campaign staffer members. A few days later, President Obama gives a historic speech on climate at Georgetown University, in which he pledges that Keystone XL will only be approved if the State Department finds the project “does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.”

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