President is Right to Focus on Infrastructure Jobs, Not Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON (January 20, 2015) – The following is a statement from Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, in response to President Obama’s State-of-the-Union address tonight:

“President Obama hit the nail on the head. We need to protect future generations from the dangers of climate change - and we need to expand jobs in our nation's infrastructure. The way to do both is to invest in the clean energy future- and stop looking to the Keystone XL pipeline, a dirty tar sands project that would sustain 35 permanent jobs. In just the past three years, nearly a quarter- million clean-energy jobs were created – workers all across America building wind turbines, solar power facilities and energy-efficient homes, cars and workplaces. That’s the 21st Century clean-energy jobs

infrastructure that will be good for the health of our children and our planet.’’



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