Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Keystone XL

Anti Keystone XL demonstrationThe rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline's impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment. As a result, the secretary of state has recommended that the application be denied. And after reviewing the State Department's report, I agree. ...

This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people.

-- President Barack Obama, formally rejecting Canadian energy company TransCanada's Keystone XL project, a $7 billion oil pipeline linking tar sands in Alberta to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico, 18 January 2012

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