President Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

President Obama makes his decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

President Obama makes his decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

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“Protect the one planet we’ve got while we still can.”

–President Barack Obama in Keystone XL pipeline rejection statement

WASHINGTON – Today, Friday, November 6, 2015, President Barack Obama officially closed the door on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Standing behind the president were Vice President Joseph Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry in the Roosevelt Room at the White House.

The president said he is concerned about the prosposed pipeline’s impact on the climate.

“America’s now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change. And frankly, approving this project would have undercut that global leadership. And that’s the biggest risk we face, not acting,” said President Obama.

PHOTO Courtesy: Frank Waln

PHOTO Courtesy: Frank Waln

American Indians across Indian Country oppose the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. With the support of several American Indian tribes, the National Congress of American Indians passed a resolution opposing the pipeline in 2011.

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline project was a 1700 mile long crude oil pipeline that would have transported between 700,000 to 900,000 barrels of crude oil per day. This pipeline was planned to extend from Alberta, Canada and pass through the states of Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas on its way to the Gulf of Mexico for storage and export overseas.

Despite the long-held thought the pipeline would have given the U.S. economy a boost, the president pushed back on that argument.

“The pipeline would not make a meaningful long-term contribution to our economy,’’ President Obama said.

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