Washington, D.C. — President Barack Obama announced today that he would not approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement in response to the president’s announcement:
Today, President Obama rejected more than a single pipeline; he rejected a future in which the country doubles down on the most-polluting fossil fuels available. Development of tar sands crude—the most carbon-intensive oil on the planet—is wholly inconsistent with averting the worst impacts of climate change. Americans are ready for a cleaner energy economy, one that uses energy efficiently; prioritizes wind, solar, and other low-carbon sources of energy; and creates jobs that cannot be outsourced. On the heels of finalizing the Clean Power Plan and just weeks ahead of the Paris climate conference, today’s decision reaffirms the U.S. commitment to addressing climate change. I commend the president for leading the nation down this path toward a cleaner energy future.
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