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Kaine Statement On Environmental Impact Statement For Keystone XL Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the State Department’s final supplemental environmental impact statement for the Keystone XL Pipeline Project:

“I believe the key environmental impact of this project is not the literal construction but rather the market signal that construction would send.  We currently have the tools to build an energy strategy to get cleaner tomorrow than today.  Building this pipeline would dramatically ramp up capacity for tar sands oil that moves us in the opposite direction of an innovative, make-it-cleaner approach.  President Obama has made his position clear that this project would be acceptable only if it does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.  In my view, there is now enough evidence to conclude that construction of this pipeline is not in America’s long-term interest.”