Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives voted for final passage of legislation to force approval of the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline. This legislation now heads to President Obama's desk, where he has vowed to veto it.
The Keystone XL pipeline is not in our national interest. The pipeline puts the interests of big polluters ahead of the health and welfare of the American people and our planet. KXL will endanger the safety of our drinking water, promote a bad energy policy and increase the greenhouse gases in our atmosphere that contribute to climate change. We must urge the President to stand by his commitment to veto this risky venture.
President Obama is committed to put the American people before polluters through his Climate Action Plan. But approving KXL runs counter to the good work the President has done in the last few years. If he is going to maintain his pledge to reduce greenhouse gasses, and protect our planet as well as public health, the President must reject this legislation and veto the Keystone XL pipeline.