Nov. 10, 2011: Markey Statement on Keystone XL Pipeline Route

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 10, 2011) – Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement in response to media reports that the Obama administration plans to review the route of the Keystone XL pipeline.
“The Keystone XL pipeline leads America in the wrong direction on climate change, puts America on no shorter path towards energy independence, and takes an objectionable route through our nation. The Obama administration is right to reevaluate this pipeline.
Yesterday, the International Energy Agency issued a somber warning that if the world does not take action within the next five years to dramatically reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, we may face a disastrous warming of our planet. The Obama administration needs to heed that warning as it considers whether or not the Keystone pipeline is in the national interest. President Obama should take into account the impact of increased Canadian tar sands production on the amount of carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere, and the looming deadline the world faces in averting the disaster of climate change.”