This is great news!
The State Department on Wednesday recommended that President Obama deny a permit for the Keystone XL, arguing the pipeline does not serve the national interest. The President concurred with the Department’s recommendation, which was predicated on the fact that the Department does not have sufficient time…
Bill McKibben reacted to the news in a statement on Wednesday afternoon:
“Assuming that what we’re hearing is true, this isn’t just the right call, it’s the brave call. The knock on Barack Obama from many quarters has been that he’s too conciliatory. But here, in the face of a naked political threat from Big Oil to exact ‘huge political consequences,’ he’s stood up strong.This is a victory for Americans who testified in record numbers, and who demanded that science get the hearing usually reserved for big money.”
But [I’m starting to learn that there’s always a ‘but…’] it looks like the pipeline lobby has not given up yet. The news story goes on to say “lawmakers signaled they would introduce new legislation to… shut the White House out of the Keystone decision-making process, leaving Congress with full authority to approve the pipeline.”
So let’s celebrate this victory… and then get ready to fight [and win!] again.