Markey: Obama Keystone Veto Victory for Climate, Won’t End Pipeline of Bad Policies from Republican Congress


WASHINGTON (February 24, 2015) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today praised President Barack Obama for vetoing legislation that would have forced construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Below is the statement of Senator Markey, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee:


“Vetoing this pipeline is a victory for the climate and common sense, but it won’t stop the pipeline of bad policies from Congressional Republicans from flowing to the president’s desk. Thankfully, President Obama is standing on the right side of history and is unafraid to wield the power of his veto pen.


“This pipeline is not in America’s national interest, and the president should reject its construction when the full review process is allowed to be completed. We should not help some of the dirtiest oil in the world to be funneled through our country like a straw, just so much of it can be exported to foreign nations. That is a bad deal for our country, and a dangerous proposition for our climate.”


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