Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) To The President’s Decision On The Keystone XL Pipeline

This has been a long time coming, but the President has made the right decision.  Taking either a long view or a short one, this misguided project is not in the national interest of the United States. 

Keystone XL represents the energy past.  This inherently dirty tar sands project would be a wasteful diversion from the cleaner and more sustainable energy future and energy security that we want for ourselves and our children.  It has no place in the energy future and the energy economy that we want.  And it has no place in any strategy to avert the disastrous effects of climate change.

This timely action also sets another strong example to other nations, ahead of the upcoming climate negotiations in Paris, that the United States is willing to walk the walk when it comes to tackling climate change.

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