Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Obama takes ownership of Keystone XL decision | Friends of the Earth

In a major development in the Keystone XL debate, President Obama appears to have taken ownership of the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline decision in an interview with Omaha, Nebraska, TV station KETV.

Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica had the following response to President Obama’s remarks:
“This appears to be major and welcome news. The State Department’s pipeline review has been hopelessly corrupted. President Obama taking the reins would mean we once again have a shot at a fair process. If the scope and severity of the threats posed by the pipeline are accurately understood, it will be obvious to President Obama that the costs far outweigh the benefits and that he must reject it.”

Obama takes ownership of Keystone XL decision | Friends of the Earth

update Dec. 7, 2011

FOE News releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In a just-finished joint press conference with Canada's Prime Minister Harper, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to a "rigorous" review of the Keystone XL pipeline and threatened to veto any effort to force a rushed decision on the pipeline as part of his proposed payroll tax extension.

UPDATE January 18

President Obama has just rejected a permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline -- a project that promised riches for the oil giants and an environmental disaster for the rest of us.

His decision represents a victory of historic proportions for NRDC and hundreds of thousands of committed activists like you who have waged an uphill, years-long fight against one of the most nightmarish fossil fuel projects of our time.

Please thank the President right away for his game-changing decision.

Stop the Tar Sands Pipeline : Take Action!: Save BioGems: President Obama has changed the rules of the game by listening to the American people, rejecting Big Oil’s political bullying and rejecting the destructive Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Please send him a message of thanks right away. If you want to have an even bigger impact, please call the White House at 202-456-1111 and convey your personal thanks directly!

see what next: Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline | Prepare to Fight

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