Elizabeth Shogren, NPR http://kut.org en Protesters Call On Obama To Reject Keystone XL Pipeline http://kut.org/post/protesters-call-obama-reject-keystone-xl-pipeline Tens of thousands of protesters turned out on the National Mall Sunday to encourage President Obama to make good on his commitment to act on climate change.<p>In his Inaugural address from outside the U.S. Capitol, the president said: "We will respond to the threat of climate change knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations."<p>Just a few weeks later, next to the Washington Monument, Paul Birkeland was one of a couple dozen people holding a long white tube above their heads.<p>"It's a backbone. It's a spine. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:47:35 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren, NPR 6633 at http://kut.org Protesters Call On Obama To Reject Keystone XL Pipeline Secret 'Watch List' Reveals Failure To Curb Toxic Air http://kut.org/post/secret-watch-list-reveals-failure-curb-toxic-air-texas <em>Part 1 of a four-part series, </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/142000896/poisoned-places-toxic-air-neglected-communities" target="_blank">Poisoned Places: Toxic Air, Neglected Communities</a><p>The system Congress set up 21 years ago to clean up toxic air pollution still leaves many communities exposed to risky concentrations of benzene, formaldehyde, mercury and many other hazardous chemicals.<p>Pollution violations at more than 1,600 plants across the country were serious enough that the government believes they require urgent action, according to an analysis of EPA data by NPR an Mon, 07 Nov 2011 15:34:59 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren, NPR 2924 at http://kut.org Secret 'Watch List' Reveals Failure To Curb Toxic Air