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LCV Statement on Obama Speech in Cushing to Expedite the Southern Segment of the Keystone XL Pipeline

Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or

March 22, 2012  

WASHINGTON – League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement on President Obama’s stop today in Cushing, Oklahoma to discuss expediting the southern segment of the Keystone XL pipeline:

“Today's ill-advised event in Cushing stands in stark contrast to many of President Obama's laudatory efforts to reduce our dangerous dependence on oil. Instead of expediting the southern segment of the risky Keystone XL pipeline and promoting dirty energy, the Obama administration should continue its important work to cut unnecessary subsidies for Big Oil, increase fuel efficiency for cars and double down on clean energy. Rather than rushing efforts to transport toxic oil across America’s heartland, we should focus on putting America back in control of our energy future – creating new clean energy jobs, reducing our dependence on oil and curbing harmful global warming pollution.”

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