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On Keystone Vote, House Carries Water for Fossil Fuel Industries

Statement of David Arkush, Managing Director, Public Citizen’s Climate Program

Note: Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved by 270-152 the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

The House passage of legislation approving the Keystone pipeline reaffirms the Republican majority’s misplaced energy priorities. Rather than invest in a new energy infrastructure that would mitigate the climate crisis, boost the economy and improve public health, the majority is bent on advancing the fossil fuel industry’s agenda at Americans’ expense.

President Obama has made clear that he will veto this bill. He also should disapprove the pipeline, as it is a terrible deal for the American public. It would endanger the U.S. natural environment, contribute to climate change and raise U.S. prices by shipping oil overseas, all to benefit a foreign corporation.