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Biden comes out against Keystone pipeline – Friends of the Earth’s response

Posted May. 8, 2013 / Posted by: Adam Russell

WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to news reports, Vice President Joe Biden said recently that he is against granting a permit for construction of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline, but he is “in the minority” in the Obama administration. Here is the reaction of Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth: 

Vice President Biden is to be commended for his blunt talk. No matter how hard the pipeline’s supporters try to ram this project through, it’s clear that the more we know about Keystone the less sense it makes. Together with the recent stinging critique by the EPA of the State Department’s environmental review, it’s encouraging that at least some members of the administration are open to science and facts rather than PR spin and oil money. The vice president’s comments should provide further encouragement to Secretary Kerry and President Obama to reject this dangerous, dirty pipeline.


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