Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The President’s Decision On The Keystone XL Pipeline

“I commend the President for standing up to strong-arm tactics that are intended to politicize this issue, short-circuit the environmental review process and force an arbitrary deadline.  This inherently dirty tar sands project would be a wasteful diversion from the cleaner and more sustainable energy future and energy security that are so important to our country and our economy.

“The first Keystone pipeline has ruptured many times already.  Even when it was obvious that this blighted tar sands project posed unacceptable risks to American’s health and safety, the oil companies’ defenders in Congress were all for it.  Then, when they could no longer ignore its threats to a vital Midwestern aquifer, they said it was all about jobs.  Now they are gearing up to smother any meaningful review at all.  That would compound the travesty.”    

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