Rhode Island Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are applauding President Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline proposal.
The president said the project would neither have made a meaningful contribution to the nation’s economy nor increased energy security.
Whitehouse agrees, citing the U.S. State Department’s findings that the project would have increased carbon pollution equivalent to nearly six million new cars on the road for 50 years.
“That’s a big slug of carbon up into the atmosphere that’s already breaking new atmospheric records every year for carbon pollution,” said Whitehouse. “So turning this around has been significant.”
Whitehouse said it would have been embarrassing for the president to show up to the Paris Climate Talks next month, “…talking the talk of being serious about climate change but having just cleared a fossil fuel source like this that would create that much carbon damage. So in the interest of consistency, I think he did the right thing as well as in the interest of the environment.”
Whitehouse said the president’s decision is a first big win for environmentalists who have worked hard to stop the project.
Both Whitehouse and Reed repeatedly voted against a bill to build to the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
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