WASHINGTON (AP) — A Maryland state senator says he has paid a $100 fine after being arrested outside the White House with other protesters while rallying against a plan to pipe oil from western Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

Sen. Paul Pinsky, D-Prince George’s, on Friday joined environmental activists who have been gathering outside the White House for the past two weeks to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Pinsky says he was charged with failure to obey a lawful order, a misdemeanor.

Actress Daryl Hannah is among those who’ve been arrested so far.

Pinsky says he’s concerned the pipeline would accelerate climate change and harm efforts to promote offshore wind energy development.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  1. RT says:

    Weather the pipeline is built or not we’re still going to be using oil to fuel our homes and cars. This is dumb. We will never recover from the recession until we have cheap energy again. Scientifically speaking there is not enough data to say weather humans are or are not contributing to climate change. The earths orbit around the sun has more impact than CO2. If the earth moves closer to the sun we’ll have warming. If the earth moves a little farther away we have cooling. No one ever discusses that. It’s not a fixed orbit. Build the pipeline, it’s not going to hurt.

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