Washington, D.C. – Today the State Department released its supplemental review of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. A year ago, President Obama responded to strong public opposition by denying the original application and asking State to revise its environmental review of the Keystone XL project. The new review acknowledges the increased climate impacts of Canadian tar sands, but it remains woefully inadequate in its consideration of the effects the proposed pipeline would have on Americans’ climate, water, air and health.
In response, Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, issued the following statement:
"The Sierra Club is outraged by the State Department’s deeply flawed analysis today and what can only be interpreted as lip service to one of the greatest threats to our children’s future: climate disruption.
"We’re mystified as to how the State Department can acknowledge the negative effects of the Earth’s dirtiest oil on our climate, but at the same time claim that the proposed pipeline will ‘not likely result in significant adverse environmental effects.’ Whether this failure was willful or accidental, this report is nothing short of malpractice.
"President Obama said that he’s committed to fighting the climate crisis. If that is true, he should throw the State Department’s report away and reject the dirty and dangerous Keystone XL pipeline."