Days after historic U.S.-China climate pact, Congress shouldn’t approve export of dirtiest oil


WASHINGTON (November 13, 2014) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee and the chair of the U.S. Senate Climate Change Clearinghouse, today released the following statement regarding the upcoming Senate vote to approve the construction of the Canadian Keystone XL pipeline:


“Just days after our country made an historic agreement with China to combat climate change, our Congress shouldn’t turn around and approve a pipeline that will worsen climate change and make America a middleman between Canada and export markets around the world.


“This oil won’t stay here in America. It will be exported around the world. What we will get in return is more dangerous global warming pollution and environmental risk, all without a guarantee that it would help our energy security. That’s a bad deal for our national security, our country, and our planet.


“I will not support this pipeline when it comes for a vote, and I will urge the president to veto the bill if the oil companies get their wish to construct this Canadian export pipeline.”


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