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With Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline, Trump Moves America Backwards

Statement of Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch

WASHINGTON - “Given all the foolish, antiquated policy and rhetoric we’ve already seen from this administration on energy and climate, we’re angered but not surprised by the decision to pursue Keystone XL. There’s no doubt that, should this pipeline come to fruition, the fight to ward off the most serious consequences of global climate change will have suffered a grave setback. After all, Canadian tar sands oil is one of the most environmentally degrading forms of energy known to man. That Mr. Trump cares to peddle in this dirty substance, while threatening clean water sources for scores of American communities in the pipeline’s path, is truly shameful.

“It’s a huge setback for the climate, but it’s not game over yet. We will support any and all avenues pursued by allies to prevent this dangerous pipeline from being built. And we will continue to resist Trump’s pro-polluter agenda at every turn, while working hard to make real progress against the harms of fossil fuels in communities big and small throughout the country.”


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