TransCanada's Alex Pourbaix says the opposition to the project is 'not a surprise.'
By TALIA BUFORD | 2/20/13 4:41 AM EST
Two days after climate activists rallied on the National Mall, supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline were back on the offensive Tuesday.
They downplayed the opposition and reinforced the message that the pipeline is the best course for the both the U.S. and Canada.
“We always are concerned when there’s opposition to our projects, but it’s not a surprise,” said Alex Pourbaix, president of oil pipelines and energy at TransCanada, during a reporter roundtable Tuesday at the National Association of Manufacturers’ headquarters in Washington. “My experience is the events over the weekend are not getting nearly the coverage in the media they would have a year, year and a half ago. So I’m of the view that the temperature is going down on this issue.”
Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune scoffed at that statement.
“That TransCanada would say ‘the temperature is going down’ on dirty and dangerous tar sands that would only cause global temperatures to rise shows just how out of touch they are with reality,” Brune said. “Whether they’re denying that Keystone XL is an export pipeline or ignoring the significant international news created by the nearly 50,000 Americans who stood up for climate solutions, it’s clear that no fact or truth is sacred to TransCanada.”
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