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Activists prod John Kerry to say no on pipeline

Opponents of the pipeline staged a protest Monday night at the Harvard Square MBTA stop.
Opponents of the pipeline staged a protest Monday night at the Harvard Square MBTA stop.Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff

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Environmental activists in Nebraska held handmade signs urging Secretary of State John Kerry to “remember your climate legacy.” In Amherst, protesters signed postcards reminding the former Massachusetts senator of his 2007 promise to put the “next generation’s world” above “bloated profits for Big Oil.” And outside the White House, 250 people chanted for Kerry to “stop this pipeline.”

The candlelight vigils, among 280 held early this week, are intended to ratchet up pressure on Kerry personally as he approaches a defining moment of his environmental legacy: whether to recommend approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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