Statement on Keystone XL pipeline delay

From Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Nov 10, 2011
We applaud the Administration’s decision to delay approval of the Keystone XL pipeline extension in order to determine a less environmentally risky route. Today is a victory – for the young people and indigenous people and activists who ringed the White House, who were arrested, who made clear their opposition. It’s a victory for the people of Nebraska, who spoke clearly and loudly that the risk was unacceptable. It’s a victory for those who support good, clean jobs, and who understood that - as the Washington Post noted –the pipeline’s construction meant only a very few dirty jobs would result. A delay is the right decision. We applaud the leadership of President Obama. And we encourage the State Department to take as much time as it needs to impartially review the evidence at hand - evidence which clearly shows that the most environmentally responsible route is the one in which the pipeline isn’t built at all.

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