State Department report moot; Keystone will never get Obama approval

MEDIA RELEASE, January 31, 2014

While the U.S. State Department’s hiring of biased oil industry consultants remains under review by the agency’s Office of Inspector General, it went ahead today and released another biased report downplaying serious concerns about the Keystone Tar Sands pipeline.

The clearly biased report ignores the massive increase in carbon pollution we would see as a result of the project's approval.

"The Keystone Tar Sands pipeline fails Obama's basic climate test," said Mr. Bennett. "The pipeline would contribute to climate change. It will pump some of the world's dirtiest oil to market where it will be burned resulting in billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide. Only a myopic analysis could conclude otherwise."

"If we approve the Keystone Tar Sands pipeline, we'll be assisting in a climate war that we will all lose," said Crystal Lameman, Sierra camapigner and Member of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Treaty No. 6. "As a First Nations woman whose home is in the pipeline's path, I can tell you that approval of the pipeline would further assist in the raping and pillaging of the land I and my children call home."

In the State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama said: “When our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did”.

"The report is moot and the Keystone Pipeline is a non-starter," said Mr. Bennett. "The President won't be able look his grandchildren in the eye if he approves it."


John Bennett, National Campaign Director
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