CREDO Action released the statement below in response to reports that TransCanada has asked the State Department to suspend its permit application for the Keystone XL pipeline:
“After nearly 7 years of trying to force the president’s hand to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, TransCanada is now desperately trying to block President Obama from even making a decision at all,” said CREDO Climate Campaigns Director Elijah Zarlin. “This is yet another victory for the overwhelming grassroots opposition along the route and across the country.”
“This is President Obama’s decision, and he shouldn’t cave to a foreign oil company trying to twist his arm into punting it to future presidents,” Zarlin continued. “The facts on the ground clearly show that Keystone XL fails the President’s climate test, and he should reject it now.”
TransCanada’s request to suspend its permit application came just hours after White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that President Obama intends to make a decision on the pipeline before the end of his administration.
In the two weeks since Stephen Harper was voted out as Canadian Prime Minister, more than 100,000 activists have signed a CREDO Action petition urging President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.