Environmental activists everywhere are rejoicing today after Obama rejected the application from Canadian company TransCanada asking to construct the Keystone XL pipeline.
The pipeline would have allowed oil from Canada’s oil sands to reach refineries in the U.S., and the White House had spent years deciding whether or not to ok it. Of course, Obama ended up submitting to liberals after environmentalists accused him of not backing up his promises on climate change.
“The State Department has decided that the Keystone XL pipeline would not serve the national interests of the United States. I agree with that decision,” Obama said on Friday, according to Mother Jones.
This decision comes just weeks before the major international climate negotiations in Paris. Jennifer Morgan, director of the global climate program at the World Resources Institute, hoped that Obama’s decision will “reverberate” with other countries and send a message that America is serious about fighting climate change.
Obama said that the pipeline has been given a “very overinflated role in the political discourse” by both conservatives and liberals. In the end, it was clear that his decision was made in the hopes of “improving his legacy.”
“America is now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change,” he said. “Today we continue to lead by example.”
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