As anticipated, President Obama vetoed legislation to force approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline today. Environment California’s Michelle Kinman issued the following statement:
“Today, the pen was mightier than the pipeline. All the activists who have fought for years against this dangerous, dirty project chalked up an important victory.
“President Obama deserves credit for standing up to Big Oil. To cement his climate legacy, the next steps are to reject the pipeline outright and finalize the Clean Power Plan to limit the carbon pollution spewing from America’s dirty power plants.
“On the heels of the hottest year on record, it’s clear that we have to put the brakes on global warming pollution. Building Keystone would put our foot on the accelerator.
“Sadly, Republican leaders in Congress have vowed to keep pushing a polluter agenda – including rollbacks to EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
“Environment California is counting on Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein to continue to champion action on climate and speak out against attacks in Congress. “