Friday :: Nov 11, 2011

The Good Guys Win One (and so do the rest of us)

by Mary

The Keystone XL Pipeline has run into trouble. The final decision will be put off until the first quarter of 2013 (after the election). And there is a high likelihood the deal is dead because this time the environmental impact review will be done by someone not in the pocket of the oil industry.

Bill McKibbens and thousands of non-violent protesters who made sure that Obama and the public understood the seriousness of this issue are to be commended.

Here's the President's statement about the decision by the State Department to pursue a new environmental impact statement that will include the impact of the pipeline on climate change. About time.

I support the State Department’s announcement today regarding the need to seek additional information about the Keystone XL Pipeline proposal. Because this permit decision could affect the health and safety of the American people as well as the environment, and because a number of concerns have been raised through a public process, we should take the time to ensure that all questions are properly addressed and all the potential impacts are properly understood. The final decision should be guided by an open, transparent process that is informed by the best available science and the voices of the American people. At the same time, my administration will build on the unprecedented progress we’ve made towards strengthening our nation’s energy security, from responsibly expanding domestic oil and gas production to nearly doubling the fuel efficiency of our cars and trucks, to continued progress in the development of a clean energy economy.

For more, see Stunning Triumph for 99%: Obama Sends Keystone XL Back to State for Review, McKibben Calls This “A Very Important Day”.

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