Minnesota Sierra Club responds to Keystone XL rejection, applauds President Obama’s leadership on climate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 6, 2015

Contact:
Margaret Levin, State Director, Sierra Club North Star Chapter: margaret.levin@sierraclub.org
Terry Houle, Beyond Oil and Tar Sands Committee, Sierra Club North Star Chapter: terry.houle@northstar.sierraclub.org

[Minneapolis, MN] – Today, the Sierra Club and local North Star Chapter celebrated the Obama Administration’s decision to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, further cementing his climate legacy.

“President Obama said yes to clean energy and public health, and no to dirty oil and dangerous pollution. The Sierra Club is thankful that President Obama has chosen the clean energy promise of prosperity and innovation over the dirty fuels of the 19th century,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune.

“Stopping the Keystone XL pipeline is a victory for the planet, for the health and well-being of the communities along the pipeline route, and for future generations to come. It also demonstrates the power of the millions of people who raised their voices in opposition to the pipeline, and of the growing movement to end our dependence on dirty fossil fuels. Now, instead of building a pipeline that cuts our country in two, we are free to invest in clean energy that creates jobs and brings our country together,” said Brune.

While rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline is a major step forward, Minnesotans also have their land, water and the climate put in jeopardy by the expansion of tar sands pipelines here at home. Another Canadian company, Enbridge, is pushing a proposed expansion of the Alberta Clipper that could be just as large as the Keystone XL pipeline.

“We applaud the President’s leadership to reject Keystone XL, as urged by thousands of Minnesotans and Sierra Club members who raised their voices through endless phone calls, emails and as part of the 5,000-person march in St. Paul this June,” said Terry Houle, Beyond Oil and Tar Sands Committee leader of the Sierra Club North Star Chapter.

“Unfortunately, pipeline proposals continue to advance that would wreak havoc on our environment while contributing no lasting benefit for our economy. The proposed Alberta Clipper pipeline expansion, which would move 800,000 barrels per day of tar sands oil through our state, threatens Minnesota’s waters and communities and poses just as much risk as the Keystone XL pipeline,” said Margaret Levin, State Director of the Sierra Club North Star Chapter.

“We applaud the President for his courageous decision today. This is a clear signal that the oil industry’s destructive, dangerous new proposals won’t withstand public scrutiny. We urge the President to continue his leadership and commitment by requiring a full environmental review of the Alberta Clipper,” said Levin.

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