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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Apr 16, 2013 8:17 PM Flag

    Sen. Whitehouse: Obama could use Keystone approval to tackle climate change

    Sen. Whitehouse: Obama could use Keystone approval to tackle climate change

    By Ben Geman - 04/16/13 11:23 AM ET

    If President Obama insists on approving the Keystone XL pipeline, he should tether the decision to measures that help fight climate change, according to one liberal senator.

    Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) strongly opposes construction of the pipeline, and argued that any decision in favor of it should not come in isolation.

    “If they are determined to go down that path and they can’t be dissuaded, then the important thing is to make sure that they surround that decision ... [with] a whole formidable array of environmental and anti-carbon measures that can not just offset the harm that they do by approving [Keystone] ... but actually turn the whole package into a very strong, anti-carbon pollution suite of strategies,” Whitehouse told reporters Tuesday.

    Whitehouse wants to see measures including Environmental Protection Agency carbon emissions standards for existing power plants.

    He spoke to reporters after remarks at “Good Jobs, Green Jobs,” a conference that brings together several labor unions and environmental groups.

    Asked if he thinks Obama will approve Keystone XL, Whitehouse replied: “I think it is a very realistic prospect.”

    The State Department is leading the federal review of TransCanada Corp.’s proposed pipeline, which would bring oil from Canadian oil sands projects across the border en route to Gulf Coast refineries.

    The oil-and-gas industry has made approval of the project a top priority, and are clashing with environmentalists who want Obama to reject it.


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