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Schatz Statement on Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), co-chair of the Senate Climate Action Task Force, released the following statement on reports that the State Department plans to approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Monday.

“The Keystone XL pipeline is not in our national interest. While countries like China and Germany continue to make progress in their transition away from the dirty energy of the past, this action will roll back the progress we have made. Encouraging the production of this oil, which includes Canadian tar sands – one of the dirtiest fuels in the world – is a huge step backward. Climate change is the challenge of our generation, and we need to be moving forward with policies to support clean energy.”