Wednesday, February 25, 2015

President Obama Vetoes the Keytone XL Pipeline

On February 24 President Obama vetoed a bill that would have forced approval of the Keystone XL (KXL) tar sands pipeline. Thousands of people urged the President to reject the bill.

While the veto is good news, it is a little more than a stay of execution. The State Department is about to release its final decision on the fate of the pipeline.

The President said that he would not allow the Keystone to proceed if it increases climate change causing emissions. Millions of people expect the President to honor his pledge and cancel the KXL once and for all.

The Keystone XL bill included some small concessions including an energy efficiency amendment. However, a scaled-back version of bipartisan energy efficiency legislation and the promotion of energy efficiency retrofits for schools are small consolation compared to the massive carbon bomb associated with the KXL.

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