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On January 31, 2014, the United States Department of State released a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the 2012 Presidential Permit application for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. They concluded that the pipeline would not be harmful to the environment nor hasten global warming and climate change.

We now have a 30-day public comment period closing March 7.

The Presidential Permit review process now focuses on whether the proposed Project serves the national interest, which involves consideration of many factors including: energy security; environmental, cultural, and economic impacts; foreign policy; and compliance with relevant federal regulations and issues. During this time, the Department will consult with, at least, the eight agencies identified in Executive Order 13337: the Departments of Defense, Justice, Interior, Commerce, Transportation, Energy, Homeland Security, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

A 30-day public comment period begins on February 5, 2014 and will close on March 7, 2014. During this period, members of the public and other interested parties are encouraged to submit comments on the national interest determination to Comments are not private and will be made public. Comments may also be mailed directly to:

U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Energy Resources, Room 4843
Attn: Keystone XL Public Comments
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520


Sierra Club's Executive Director, Michael Brune, sent a plea to the Sierra Club community on January 31 asking us to take action:

Today, President Obama has all the information he needs -- Keystone XL fails his climate test. The State Department just released its final environmental impact report on the project -- and despite the spin from the oil industry, it shows our voices have made a difference. Don't believe the media hype: with your help, we can defeat Keystone XL once and for all.

President Obama vowed to reject the pipeline if the project would "significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution." The verdict is in: Keystone XL fails President Obama's climate test. Evidence from the scientific community, industry analysts, and the EPA had already shown that Keystone XL would increase carbon pollution from the tar sands, and today the State Department backed away from its previous claim that the pipeline won't have a significant impact.

The president made a promise to young people when he vowed to reject Keystone if it would harm the climate, telling them, "I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that's beyond fixing."

The verdict is in. Send a message to President Obama today to make sure he stays true to his word and rejects the climate-killing Keystone XL pipeline! Now is President Obama's opportunity to show he means it, that his actions match his words, and that he'll keep his promises to future generations. The only way he can do this is by listening to the facts and rejecting Keystone XL.

Sierra Club on Dirty Fuels and Tar Sands

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