Statement from Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters

Washington, DC – “Today’s step by the Obama Administration to deny the Keystone XL Pipeline was the right decision.  It is a decision that puts the health and safety of Americans ahead of blind reliance on fossil fuels.  The route of the Keystone XL Pipeline was a threat to the drinking water of millions of Americans.  The pipeline was just too big a risk to allow it to go forward. 

“Putting the Keystone XL pipeline over the Ogallala Aquifer, which provides agricultural and drinking water to so many in the Plains states, was an incredibly bad idea.  The majority of any jobs created would be short term and short lived. The damage to such an important water supply would last for centuries. 

“In addition, approval of this pipeline would be inconsistent with meaningful action on climate change.  

“We applaud President Obama for standing up to the polluters.”

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