08.26.11

Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy To State Department Announcement On The Keystone Pipeline

"I have raised concerns about this project since last year. The State Department's conclusions are disappointing and represent a missed opportunity for this Administration to draw the line at a type of oil that, in ways which should be unacceptable today, destroys the landscape when it is mined and poisons the air when it is burned. The Earth's climate is changing, and this is no time for business as usual by making commitments that will dramatically increase greenhouse gas emissions and do nothing to move us towards an economy that is less dependent on polluting fossil fuels. I hope once the public and other federal agencies have the opportunity to respond, the Administration will reconsider."

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