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Victory! State Dept. Denies Keystone XL Pipeline Application

Victory! State Dept. Denies Keystone XL Pipeline Application

The U.S. State Department today announced its recommendation that President Obama deny the permit for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, stating that at this time the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline does not  serve the national interest.

The decision comes after countless hours of grassroots organizing, millions of petition signatures, and the arrests of thousands of American and Canadian protesters who recognized the immense health and environmental risks posed by the Keystone XL.

Many politicians and oil industry lobbyists tried to paint the Keystone XL pipeline as America’s economy savior, claiming that it would create thousands of jobs and reduce dependence on foreign oil.

However, it was discovered in late 2011 that TransCanada intentionally inflated job creation numbers, counting jobs that lasted for two years as two separate jobs. It was also revealed that most of the oil extracted from the Canadian tar sands and loaded into the pipe would head straight for refineries on the Gulf Coast, and then be exported to other countries.

Then in December 2011, Congress tried to force the president to make a decision on the pipeline proposal, tucking the mandate into the payroll tax cut bill that Obama ultimately signed into law.

“The rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment,” Obama said today in a statement.

“As a result, the secretary of state has recommended that the application be denied. And after reviewing the State Department’s report, I agree.”

The President’s words are music in the ears of the millions of Americans who signed petitions urging him to reject the Keystone XL. Over the years, Care2 is proud to have assisted the campaigns of several highly respected environmental organizations by hosting their petitions and encouraging the Care2 community to sign them. These partnering organizations include The Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth, ACP, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Ultimately, the State Department called for an assessment of alternative pipeline routes that avoided the uniquely sensitive terrain of the Sand Hills in Nebraska. The Department estimated, based on prior projects of similar length and scope, that it could complete the necessary review to make a decision by the first quarter of 2013.

The State Department also made it clear that the denial of this application would not prevent TransCanada from applying for permits again, once the alternative route has been proposed.

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8:33AM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

Now, I can write FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant and protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

6:59AM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

1:18PM PST on Jan 22, 2013


7:44PM PST on Jan 21, 2013

If this disaster goes through plenty of people will be
saying what the person thinks when he is going down
to his suicidal fall............

.Why am I doing this!!!!!.

Have we not destroyed the earth enough?

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

5:41PM PST on Jan 21, 2013

Common sense prevails - for maybe a month or two at most (if we're lucky.). I'm under no illusions that this is a victory, however; this may be a notch for the good guys in a minor skirmish, but this fight is still only in its infancy. I firmly believe it will be a miracle if the mega bucks of big business don't ultimately force this issue through. We have to remain vigilant and keep on the offensive.

3:07PM PST on Jan 21, 2013

Good news. The oil doesn't even stay in the USA so why should participate?

7:25AM PST on Feb 16, 2012

I'm glad Obama at least listened to good sense. Of course, since Big Oil didn't get its way, it's now convincing the politicians under its influence to force the permit through anyway. What a bully! Not to mention how disgusted I am at the media for perpetuating the lie about 20,000 new jobs the pipeline would create. It's so unrealistic that TransCanada itself didn't even estimate that high! The media is supposed to inform us, not blatantly pass around lies to manipulate the public. Nobody would be supporting this project if they realized that it would kill more jobs than it creates, would raise gas prices in the Midwest rather than lowering them anywhere, and harm the environment big time! It's bad not just for the environment, but for the economy and society too. Who could support such a disaster?

5:35PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

This has nothing to do with jobs. The pipeline will damage the ecosystem. Job creation can still be achieved in other areas where is either promoting and/or enhancing the ecosystem.

6:27AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

For those who say The Keystone Pipeline will help to end our dependence on foreighn oil..I ask you..When did we ratify Canada as our 51st state?

5:42AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Oh, and Joseph B - how about the $41 Billion, that BILLION that has gone to oil companies - the most profitable companies on the planet. You can complain about Solendra [sic] that you want, but I don't hear you complaining about that....maybe you work for BP?

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