US rejects Keystone XL Canada oil sands pipeline

The US state department has formally recommended the rejection of a controversial crude oil pipeline.

The state department denied a permit for the 1,600-mile (2,700km) Keystone XL pipeline, saying it had insufficient time to review the plans.

The project has been delayed amid objections by environmental groups and the US state of Nebraska.

At the end of 2011, Republicans forced a final decision on the plan within 60 days during a legislative standoff.

US President Barack Obama said he was disappointed that the deadline set by Republicans in Congress had caused the state department to reject the project before a full study could be undertaken.

“This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the state department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people.”

But Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke to Mr Obama and expressed his “profound disappointment” with the decision, a spokesman said. Read more >


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OILCHANGE International

Dear friends,

Great news today, as you’ve likely heard.  Despite strong political threats aimed at President Obama by Big Oil,  the President said no to Big Oil and rejected the Keystone XL pipeline.

Not delayed.  Rejected.  It’s a rare day that the many beats the money in Washington.

This is a big victory for all of you who have fought for years against this project, against the tar sands, against Big Oil, and for our climate and clean energy future all over the world.

We fully expect the oil industry’s corrupt, paid puppets on Capitol Hill to try to resurrect this pipeline.  Let them try.  The louder they complain, the more obvious it is that Big Oil is the one pulling their strings.  And its clear that although the President did the right thing today, he wrapped it in some nonsense language about “new ways to partner with the oil and gas industry” in the future. That’s the same industry that is about to uncap a gusher of dirty energy money to defeat the President and most of his allies, while defending most of his opponents.

That’s why we’ll join and others on Capitol Hill next Tuesday to Blow the Whistle on Dirty Energy Money. Join us!  And that’s why we’ll all continue to fight for a Separation of Oil and State.

The notion that America can drill its way to energy independence is simply a scam.  The U.S. began the long but critical process of reducing its dependence on oil in 2008, and this Keystone XL rejection is another important step towards the real energy security that will only come with a reduced dependence on all oil.

And so, a toast:  To all of you, all of us, who helped to create this historic and fragile victory.  Celebrate tonight. And get up tomorrow ready to go all in.




PS – Before all of this happened today, we released a new report jointly with the Natural Resources Defense Council that shows how Keystone’s oil would have been exported and how the pipeline would have actually incresaed the price of oil in the Midwest.  Check it out.

Steve Kretzmann
Executive Director
Oil Change International

I couldn’t be more elated to share this breaking news.

This afternoon President Obama rejected the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. After years of campaigning, we’ve won.

Please take a moment to send a message of thanks to President Obama for taking this stand for people’s health and livelihoods and for a safe climate.

The president earned our thanks today. But this victory belongs to all of us who took action to pave the way for him to make the right call, beginning more than two years ago when the odds, frankly, looked nearly insurmountable.

It’s taken a lot of heart, a lot of hard work and a lot of hope to take on one of the most profitable and most unscrupulous industries on the planet — Big Oil — and defeat one of its marquee projects. TransCanada swung for the fences in employing a former high-level aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, Paul Elliott, to shill for its dirty pipeline in the halls of power. And 234 members of Congress took a total of $42 million in dirty energy campaign cash before voting to rush the Keystone XL decision.

But our people power — driven by committed grassroots activism and nonviolent civil disobedience — was stronger.

Victory belongs to the indigenous communities who first sounded the alarm on the dangers of tar sands extraction. To the Nebraskan farmers and Texan ranchers who withstood TransCanada’s bullying to protect their land and water. To the 1,253 people, from college students to grandmothers (including a number of Friends of the Earth members, staff and activists), who were arrested on President Obama’s doorstep urging him to say no.

And it belongs to all of you who contributed in other ways big and small — by sending letter after letter to the president, by calling the White House and by encircling it with your hands, by drawing attention to the corruption in the State Department’s review process, by urging your members of Congress to speak out, and by donating to Friends of the Earth to give our campaigners the strength they needed at key moments.

I wish I could jump out of your computer screen and give you a giant hug right now.

I can’t do that — but I do hope you will join me in giving President Obama the giant collective hug of thanks that he deserves for saying no to the Keystone XL and to more dirty, climate-wrecking tar sands oil.

Big Oil companies and their cronies in Congress will not take this defeat easily — and they will surely not cease in their push to wring profits from the tar sands at the expense of the common good — so it’s critical that we show the president that we have his back when he takes bold action for the health of communities and our climate.

I’ll say it one more time: THANK YOU. WE DID IT.

In solidarity,
Kim and all of our #noKXL team at Friends of the Earth

THANK YOU President Obama