President Obama has stopped the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would have stretched 1700 miles from the Tar Sands in Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. After Congressional Republicans forced a decision upon the U.S. State Department, President Obama denied a permit for the contentious pipeline. In a statement the President cited the forced deicison on the permit failed to provide enough time for a proper assessment of the impacts the Keystone XL Pipeline could and would have on the environment, job creation and issues of security.
As writer and Keystone XL protest leader Bill McKibben wrote, "This isn't just the right call, it's the brave call."
A huge victory for environmental groups across North America who have been working on promoting awareness of the risks, and alternatives to Big Oil. While the Oil Industry is not likely to back down from building more pipelines, this is a good indication that the strength of the Public's Voice can be heard and does make a difference.
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