WASHINGTON (February 24, 2015) – President Obama today vetoed, as promised, congressional legislation to force approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
The following is a statement from Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council:
“This misguided Keystone XL bill, pushed by the fossil fuel industry, has met its just and expected doom. The president got it exactly right by vetoing it. Congress should stop wasting any more time pushing dirty energy projects that would worsen climate change and threaten our air, water and land. Instead, lawmakers should work to promote renewable wind and solar power, and reduce waste through energy efficiency measures that will save consumers money, improve the economy and combat dangerous climate change. And the president should move quickly to reject the proposed tar sands pipeline once and for all. It is simply not in the national interest.”
For more information, see this blog by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, director of programs at NRDC: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/susan-casey-lefkowitz/keystone-xl-tar-sands-pipeline-veto-right-decision-right-time