Obama Must Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline

The following post is re-published from Green America’s syndicated opinion column, which appears in newspapers around the country.  For reprint permission, please e-mail andrew at green america dot org.

Here’s a chance for the president to uphold that campaign pledge to “end the tyranny of oil” in the United States. (For more on the Nov. 6 day of action, click here.)

The seven members of Congress who signed a strongly worded letter to an Obama cabinet official on October 5 raised serious concerns about the administration’s cozy relationship with a high-profile energy company.

“Rather than acting as fair arbiters of [the company’s] application…State Department officials appear to have acted as little more than cheerleaders for the company’s bid,” Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Tim Ryan (D-OH), and the other lawmakers wrote.

Is this the newest development in the Solyndra solar company’s loan-guarantee debacle? No. The seven lawmakers were concerned about an energy project with the potential to do much more damage than a loan guarantee for a failed solar start-up ever could. Continue reading “Obama Must Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline”