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President Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline, Greenpeace Response

WASHINGTON - In response to President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, Greenpeace Executive Director Annie Leonard said:

"Today’s news demonstrates the power of organizing against the entrenched interests of the fossil fuel industry. This is a victory for farmers and indigenous communities that live on the pipeline’s route, for families suffering in the shadows of oil refineries, and for communities throughout the world facing extreme weather brought on by climate change. By rejecting Keystone XL and cancelling Arctic drilling leases, President Obama is starting to build a climate legacy that addresses the critical need to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

"This week we've seen more and more leaders recognize that to address climate change, we have to confront the fossil fuel industry and keep coal, oil, and gas in the ground. We saw senators calling on the Obama administration to stop giving away our coal, a Presidential candidate introduce a bill to end new fossil fuel leasing on our public lands and waters, and a state Attorney General take on Exxon’s outrageous climate denial.

"We're on the cusp of a paradigm shift. Today, the movement is celebrating and tomorrow we're back to the hard work of building a just and sustainable world. If you're a fossil fuel dinosaur, the meteor is coming."

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