Response to President Obama’s Keystone XL Veto Threat and Remarks

For Immediate Release

Response to President Obama’s Keystone XL Veto Threat and Remarks

WASHINGTON - In a joint press conference this afternoon with Canada’s Prime Minister Harper, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to a “rigorous” review of the Keystone XL pipeline and threatened to veto any effort to force a rushed decision on the pipeline as part of his proposed payroll tax extension.

Kim Huynh, dirty fuels campaigner at Friends of the Earth U.S., had the following response:

“I’m glad to see President Obama stand up to Prime Minister Harper and the oil industry’s friends in Congress by affirming his commitment to a rigorous review and by pledging to veto legislation that would rush a decision.

“President Obama must now fulfill his promise of a rigorous, transparent, independent analysis that protects the health and safety of the American public. In part, this means the president must rein in State Department officials who have shown inappropriate pro-pipeline bias and who generated a deeply flawed initial environmental impacts analysis. The State Department’s new review must be conducted by independent, unbiased experts -- not the tainted contractor Cardno Entrix -- and it must take tar sands oil’s potentially devastating impacts on our climate seriously.”

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