Environmental groups rally in Wilm.

By Tom Lehman 12:07am, April 5, 2013 - Updated 3:04pm, April 5, 2013
Delaware Siera Club and Green Party volunteer Jenn Wallace discusses the groups' Thursday rallies
Members of the Delaware Sierra Club and Green Party rally outside the Wilmington offices of Senator Coons and Carper after recent votes related to the Keystone XL Pipeline.

WDEL's Tom Lehman reports:

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That was the sound of dozens of demonstrators on N. Market St, who voiced their displeasure over votes of approval from Senators Coons and Carper for a budget amendment recommending the construction of the controversial pipeline.

Jenn Wallace is a volunteer with the Sierra Club and Green Party, and says the group is surprised by the votes from Carper and Coons last month.

"We're trying to get people to think about renewables, not continue to use fossil fuels, which we know are just aren't sustainable," Wallace says.

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But Senator Carper tells WDEL while he voted yes in for the non-binding show of support from the Senate, he acknowledges that President Obama and his staff will ultimately make the decision regarding the pipeline.

"If we had a different Secretary of State and President, I might feel differently. I have confidence in these two," Carper says.

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Wallace says the group was particularly surprised with Coons' support of the amendment. She says he has previously shown support for environmental issues, but his support of the pipeline goes against those values.

In a statement, Sen. Coons says the final decision lies with President Obama and that it isn't the role of Congress to interfere.

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