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Rainforest Action Network Statement in Response to President's Keystone XL Delay

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

WASHINGTON—Today, the Obama Administration requested a 12-18 month review for the Keystone XL pipeline, dealing the project a critical, and potentially fatal, blow. The controversial project has seen rising opposition from landowners and environmentalists including a 12,000-person protest at the White House just last Sunday.

Rainforest Action Network Executive Director, Rebecca Tarbotton, issued the following response:

“We commend President Obama for listening to the will of the people and taking a major step forward in halting the Keystone XL, a 1700-mile oil pipeline our country does not need and our environment and climate cannot afford.

“President Obama’s decision comes just days after 12,000 people protested in front of the White House against the pipeline, and is a testament to the power of grassroots pressure that emerged everywhere from Nebraskan landowners to Canadian First Nations. We must remember that just six months ago this pipeline was widely considered a “done deal,” and now we may be looking at its death.  

“To be clear, this fight is not over until we see Transcanda pack its bags. We will continue to hold President Obama accountable to his campaign promise to end the tyranny of oil, and to ensure that this pipeline does not reemerge from the review process.”

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Rainforest Action Network runs hard-hitting campaigns to break North America’s fossil fuels addiction, protect endangered forests and Indigenous rights, and stop destructive investments around the world through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. For more information, please visit: www.ran.org

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