Friday, March 23, 2012

The Center for Biological Diversity CREDO and Friends of the Earth Slam Keystone Reversal

The Center for Biological Diversity, CREDO Action and Friends of the Earth jointly slammed the Obama administration’s announcement to go ahead with the southern half of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Becky Bond, Political Director at CREDO Action, said:

“In expediting the southern portion of Keystone XL, President Obama is trying to have it both ways. It is deeply disappointing that he can’t even hold to the minimum standard for a full environmental review that he invoked in rejecting the full pipeline in January. Promoting the export portion of this pipeline will lead to higher gas prices in the U.S. and to the worst climate impacts of the pipeline. The president needs to prove that his initial rejection of Keystone XL wasn’t simply a ploy to placate the environmental voters who dared to hold him to his own rhetoric about the need for real leadership on climate and our fossil fuel dependence.”

Noah Greenwald, endangered species director with the Center for Biological Diversity, said:

“The Gulf Coast leg would add to the fossil fuel infrastructure at a time when we critically need to transition away from fossil fuels in order to avoid climate catastrophe. Just like Keystone I, the Gulf Coast leg of Keystone XL will spill, polluting land and water and ruining important habitat for endangered species like the whooping crane, piping plover, American burying beetle, interior least tern and Arkansas River shiner. The president’s support for this pipeline is troubling. Keystone XL may be a boon to Big Oil companies in the exporting business but those profits will come at a stiff price for our land, water, wildlife and climate.”

Kim Huynh, dirty fuels campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said:

“In expediting the southern leg of Keystone XL, President Obama has gone 180 degrees in the wrong direction in less than 180 days. It’s inexcusable that the administration is cutting corners to support building this dirty tar sands oil pipeline in parts. The president cannot fulfill his promise to protect the climate and transition us to 21st century clean energy, while bending over backwards to help big oil companies tap the continent’s biggest carbon bomb. The southern segment would threaten our heartland with spills that pollute our air and water and hurt local economies.”

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