Greenpeace Responds to Final State Department Permit for Keystone

Press release - March 24, 2017
24 March 2017 (EDMONTON / WASHINGTON D.C) — In response to the U.S. State Department’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Greenpeace Canada Climate Campaigner Mike Hudema said:

24 March 2017 (EDMONTON / WASHINGTON D.C) — In response to the U.S. State Department’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Greenpeace Canada Climate Campaigner Mike Hudema said:

“This pipeline won’t see the light of day — despite this approval, Keystone XL and the financial institutions that choose to support it will face widespread opposition in Canada and the U.S. to ensure this pipeline doesn’t get built. This pipeline still doesn’t have a route through Nebraska and the dangers it poses to land, water and the climate remain as serious as ever. Fierce opposition from First Nations and concerned citizens stopped this pipeline before — and we will do it again.

Canada can’t meet its climate commitments nor keep its promises to respect Indigenous rights if we build new tar sands pipelines and expand a resource that science demands we move away from. Investors should be very worried about the risky financials and lack of social licence attached to pipeline projects across both countries. The fight is far from over.”

Greenpeace USA Executive Director Annie Leonard said:

“The U.S State Department just sent a signal to the rest of the world that the United States government is moving backwards when it comes to climate and energy. The Trump administration may be furiously propping up an obsolete energy system at the behest of his fossil fuel cronies, but the majority of people in this country want action on climate change and want support for renewable energy.

It takes money to build a pipeline, and the opposition movement to stop fossil fuel projects like Keystone will do everything it can to deprive TransCanada of any new funding for this ill-fated and unnecessary pipeline. TransCanada may have a permit, but can they find the funding?

Financial institutions should have learned by now that it’s risky to hitch themselves to a project that already faces historic on-the-ground opposition from private landowners and Indigenous sovereign nations and could unlock a massive environmental, health, and climate disaster. The world simply cannot afford to transport or burn the Canadian tar sands if we hope to have any chance at avoiding catastrophic climate change. Keystone was stopped once before, and it will be stopped again.”

The full statement by Greenpeace USA can be found here.

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Contact:

Greenpeace Canada: Jesse Firempong, , 778-996-6549
Greenpeace USA: Cassady Craighill, , 828-817-3328