November 6, 2015

In Show of Climate Leadership, President Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

Statement by Ken Kimmell, President, Union of Concerned Scientists

Washington (November 6, 2015)—The Obama administration has rejected the Keystone XL pipeline.

Below is a statement by Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

“This decision is a sign that the Obama administration takes the issue of climate change seriously, and is looking ahead to a clean-energy future. It’s critical that we stop focusing on fossil fuel infrastructure—especially for high-carbon, environmentally-destructive sources like the tar sands.

“Beyond the Keystone XL decision, this administration has taken a number of steps that point us in the right direction on climate. From the Clean Power Plan, to groundbreaking light- and heavy-duty vehicle standards, to investments in renewable energy and advanced biofuels, we’re building a comprehensive strategy to reduce carbon emissions and cut oil use.

“We’re encouraged by the strength and commitment of the national movement that pushed for President Obama to say no to the Keystone XL pipeline. And the world community, which is looking to the U.S. for climate leadership, will welcome this announcement.”

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