From Senator Ron Wyden
Washington, D.C. – Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today released the following statement after the White House denied TransCanada a construction permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline to carry oil from the tar sands in Canada across the eastern third of the U.S.
“President Obama did the right thing by putting Keystone XL out of its misery. I’m thrilled this spigot for dirty tar sands is finally welded shut and no longer threatens the climate, endangered wildlife and drinking water,” Wyden said. “Now it’s up to Congress to get to work on the real issues facing our environment and our economy: taking bold action against climate change, keeping energy prices low for American consumers, boosting renewable energy and the low-carbon economy, and getting a fair shake for taxpayers.”
Wyden voted against the Keystone XL Pipeline every time it was considered on the Senate floor.
Reaction from the Sierra Club
They said that it couldn’t be done. They said our sights were too high. That Keystone XL was a “done deal” and would be approved just like any other oil pipeline.
But we didn’t believe them. We knew that with hard work, and by standing together, we could beat Big Oil and stop their dirty and dangerous pipeline that would divide our country in two. And in doing so, we could point the way to a clean energy future.
That’s why today, after more than seven years of hard work and amazing dedication, we achieved a monumental victory in the fight to protect our planet from the disastrous effects of fossil fuels and carbon pollution: President Obama just announced that he will reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in order to protect our climate.
By rejecting Keystone XL, the president has proven that he is serious about fighting climate disruption, and not afraid to take bold action to protect future generations.
From Sen. Jeff Merkley:
“Rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline is the right decision for our citizens, this country, and our planet. The Keystone XL Pipeline would have turned on the tap for some of the dirtiest fossil fuels in the world, dangerously impacting our air and climate.
“Scientists have told us time and again that we must transition away from fossil fuels if we are to truly combat climate change. Instead of doubling down on foreign oil, we should accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy and craft energy policies that make sense for Americans today and in the future.
“Today’s news is a huge victory for Americans who raised their voices against the Keystone XL Pipeline, and shows how essential ordinary citizens’ calls for action will continue to be in the fight against climate change.”
Merkley has further to say in this video produced this week in Washington:
Statement from League of Conservation Voters:
Washington, DC: Today, President Barack Obama announced his decision to reject TransCanada’s permit for the Keystone XL pipeline on the basis that it is not in the national interest. Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters, released the following statement in response:
“This is huge! With this historic decision President Obama has cemented his legacy as a true champion in the fight against climate change. The President is showing the world that our country is committed to a clean energy future that will limit carbon pollution and protect the health of our kids and future generations. We couldn’t be more thrilled that this extremely thorough process has finally reached the right conclusion. Kudos to President Obama and Secretary Kerry.”
Statement from American Petroleum Institute:
WASHINGTON – API President and CEO Jack Gerard said the president’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline is a clear example of politics coming before the interests of U.S. workers and consumers. “It’s ironic that the administration would strike a deal to allow Iranian crude onto the global market while refusing to give our closest ally, Canada, access to U.S. refineries,” said Gerard. “This decision will cost thousands of jobs and is an assault to American workers. It’s politics at its worst.
Statement from The National Republican Party
WASHINGTON – Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus released the following statement in response to President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone Pipeline:
“Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton caved to extreme special interest groups and rejected good American jobs. This move can only be described as a politically motivated embarrassment and the very reason why we have the largest percentage of Americans out of work since the Carter Administration,” said Chairman Priebus.
“The American people overwhelmingly support this project. It’s a job creator, it has virtually no impact on the environment, and would get us closer to North American energy independence. Today’s decision proves the Democrat Party led by President Obama and Hillary Clinton has moved so far the left that they care more about extreme liberal special interest groups than the American people. It’s time for new leadership in the White House.”