Environmentalists breathed a huge sigh of relief yesterday when President Obama announced that the Keystone XL Pipeline would not be approved, and instead delayed until further information could be gathered. Most likely, the review will not be completed until 2013.
The pipeline would have linked the tar sands in Alberta to refineries in Texas, causing the potential for injury to our water, crops and the habitats of animals in its path. The president also proposed that they look into a different route for the pipeline, potentially bypassing the sensitive Sand Hills region of Nebraska.
In his statement, President Obama said, “Because this permit decision could affect the health and safety of the American people as well as the environment, and because a number of concerns have been raised through a public process, we should take the time to ensure that all questions are properly addressed and all the potential impacts are properly understood.”
Robert Redford and the NRDC responded with their sincere appreciation to the president for his decision to put Americans before foreign oil companies.
Redford said, “For months now big oil has done everything it could to pressure President Obama to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. President Obama didn’t cave to the pressure. He weighed the facts and he looked at the kind of future he promised when he ran for president. He made a tough decision by doing what was right for America, for our health and for our clean energy future. So I join many others, Mr. President, in saying thank you. Thank you for standing up to big oil, and for standing with your fellow Americans.”
As a credit to everyone who voiced their concern over the pipeline, the State Department said in a call with reporters that it was the public who inspired the review of the project.
Check out Redford’s thank you to the President below, and perhaps, consider sending your own.