Sierra Club Applauds President Obama for Rejecting the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline
Today, the Obama Administration determined that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is not in the national interest and announced that it will formally deny a federal permit for the proposed pipeline put forth by Canadian oil giant TransCanada. The 1,700-mile pipeline would run through six states, carrying toxic, highly corrosive tar sands crude from Alberta, Canada, to refineries and ports in Texas.
In response, Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, issued the following statement:
“The Sierra Club and our 1.4 million members and supporters applaud the President today for delivering a decisive victory to Americans who want clean air to breathe and safe water to drink. Today’s decision represents another down payment on the Administration’s plan to move our country beyond oil. To paraphrase Vice President Biden, today’s news is a Big…Deal.
“President Obama’s announcement is an outright rejection of Speaker Boehner’s cynical attempt to play political football with Americans’ health. Unfortunately, we know that Big Oil and their cronies in Congress will not give up their endless pursuit of profits at the cost of Americans’ health and prosperity.
“We thank the President for listening to the concerns of American farmers, landowners and people who care about clean air, clean water and our climate future.”
The Keystone XL Pipeline is a complex project which deserved the careful consideration regarding its environmental and economic impacts. Unfortunately Congress called for a rapid decision on the pipeline in exchange for agreeing to keep the payroll tax cut in place, wrapping job creation rhetoric around their pipeline demands.
Addressing global climate change, establishing sustainable and secure energy sources, and creating and retaining safe and family-supportive jobs are keys to a positive future for our children and grandchildren, and today’s decision helps move us forward to a cleaner tomorrow.