Washington, D.C. — After several hours of debate and much anticipation, the U.S. Senate rejected the Keystone Pipeline project 59 to 41, a vote in which pipeline proponents failed to clear the required 60-vote threshold. Anna Aurilio, Environment America’s Global Warming Solutions Program Director, issued the following statement in response:
“The approval of the Keystone XL pipeline is a line in the sand, but this isn’t the stuff of playgrounds. This dangerous project will threaten drinking water and make it even harder to avoid the worst impacts of global warming. We applaud today’s vote, and all those senators who stood up against the oil industry and its allies and did the right thing for our communities and our children’s future. Unfortunately, we know this isn’t the last time the Senate will attempt to do the bidding of Big Oil. Ultimately, we’re counting on the President to continue his leadership on climate and veto any measure to force approval of this dirty pipeline.
“Environment America and our allies will keep connecting the dots for the American people between the impacts of global warming and the clean energy solutions we have at hand. Now, more than ever, we need politicians willing to lead in the fight against global warming, not follow the misinformation of the climate deniers and the polluters.”
Environment America is the national federation of statewide, citizen-based advocacy organizations working for a cleaner, greener, healthier future.