barack_obama_6.jpgATHERTON, Calif. (AP) – President Barack Obama has left the San Francisco Bay area, but not without encountering one more protest against the construction of a pipeline that would transport oil from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.


The San Jose Mercury News reports ( that about 100 people against the so-called Keystone XL pipeline gathered at an intersection in Menlo Park on Thursday morning while others lined the route the president was traveling to attend two fundraisers in nearby Atherton.

Anti-Keystone pipeline protesters also rallied outside the Getty mansion in San Francisco on Wednesday night, where Obama attended another fundraiser.

Opponents of the pipeline say it would carry "dirty oil'' that would contribute to global warming.

But advocates contend that construction of the pipeline would create jobs.

The president left the bay area in the afternoon.