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Protesters March For Climate Change Action In Downtown San Francisco

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Environmentalist groups rallied in downtown San Francisco on Sunday. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Environmentalists protested in San Francisco on Sunday, urging President Barack Obama to take action on climate change and reject a pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to Texas.

Organizers said the members of 65 San Francisco Bay area groups including the Sierra Club, Greenpeace and 350.org took part in the rally, which coincided with a demonstration in Washington, D.C.

Demonstrators held the protest outside a U.S. Department of State office, where they demanded the State Department reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

The pipeline — if approved — would carry oil derived from tars sands in Canada to refineries in Texas.

San Francisco police don’t provide crowd estimates of rallies and protests, but a spokesman said police had no reports of any problems caused by the protest.

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