On Friday, the State Department released its long-anticipated supplemental environmental impact statement on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
Environmental activists wasted no time in calling for candlelight vigils to protest TransCanada Corp.’s proposed $7 billion, 875-mile pipeline, which would ferry 830,000 barrels of diluted bitumen from Alberta to refineries near Houston.
The idea—for the candlelight vigils, that is—quickly caught fire: Volunteers organized 300 demonstrations in 49 states on Monday night (West Virginia, if you’re wondering). Backers call it the largest protest from the left ever organized during the Obama presidency.
“Tonight’s rally was filled with incredible fighting spirit,” says 350.org’s Bill McKibben, who attended a protest in Union Square, in New York, where organizers braved the bitter cold to spell out “No KXL” in candles.
Click through for a snapshot of last night’s XL protests around the country.