In response to a White House statement threatening to veto Congressional legislation forcing approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, 350.org issued the following statements.
Said Bill McKibben, Founder of 350.org:
“This is a tribute to the millions of people who have made this one of the center pieces of a fast growing climate movement. So far their desire to protect the land and climate have been a match for the fountains of dirty money that constitute the oil industry’s only real argument.”
May Boeve, Executive Director of 350.org added:
“By articulating the case against Keystone XL and issuing a veto threat, President Obama has already absorbed the political cost associated with opposing the pipeline — all that’s left is to follow through and reap the reward. Rejecting the pipeline would energize the President’s base, build his climate legacy, and protect our environment for generations to come.
“Four years ago, pundits said it was unthinkable that President Obama would reject the pipeline. But thanks to the tireless work and dedication of climate activists across our country, rejection is now just a step away. It’s time for President Obama to build on his recent climate achievements and add ‘stopping Keystone XL’ to the list–his legacy depends on it.”