The U.S. State Department has announced it will delay making a final decision on the tar sands Keystone XL pipeline pending a new environmental review.
This is a big win for our environment and our democracy. We strongly applaud the Obama administration’s prudent delay of this dangerous pipeline, which would increase global warming pollution. The Keystone XL pipeline is simply not in our national interest and should ultimately be rejected.
Tar sands oil is the dirtiest oil on earth – and the extraction and transportation process associated with tar sands oil would produce more carbon emissions than traditional oil. Thankfully, the Obama administration is clearly listening to the concerns of the American people. Yesterday’s announcement represents a significant victory for those of us who care about protecting our environment and ushering in a clean energy future.
We look forward to working with the Obama administration to ensure that they ultimately reject this dirty pipeline and continue their work to build a clean energy economy.
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