Washington, DC — After the Nebraska Public Service Commission rejected the proposed route and approved an alternative route for the Keystone XL pipeline this morning, 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben gave the following response:
“No one should give up. For seven years now public pressure has kept 800,000 barrels a day of tar sands oil underground, and in the process helped spawn a worldwide fight against fossil fuel infrastructure. We will work with our colleagues in the upper Midwest on the next steps to defend their land and our climate.”
350.org Executive Director May Boeve gave the following response:
“This fight is far from over. By pushing Keystone XL onto a new route, the commission all but guaranteed more delays and hurdles for TransCanada to work through. We’ll be there with our allies pushing back on them every step of the way. Today’s decision did nothing to change the fundamental facts: Keystone XL is a disaster for our communities and the climate. It must not be built.
Fighting Keystone has always been about more than one pipeline; it’s been a tipping point for the movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground. Obama’s rejection of Keystone XL was a historic blow to the fossil fuel industry, and it’s exactly why Trump championed this project from day one. To build the fossil free world we need, it will take everyone’s help to stop Keystone, and all the dirty energy projects that threaten our communities and climate.”
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