Ranking Member Waxman Urges State Department to Conduct Thorough Analysis of Keystone XL Pipeline Proposal

Aug 8, 2012

Today, Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Assistant Secretary Kerri-Ann Jones regarding the State Department’s pending evaluation of the environmental impacts of TransCanada’s revised Keystone XL tar sands pipeline proposal.

In the letter Rep. Waxman writes, “The revised Keystone XL tar sands pipeline proposal presents the question of whether it is in the national interest of the United States to approve a project to significantly increase imports of one of the most carbon-intensive sources of transportation fuel in the world. Much of the intense public opposition to the pipeline stems from concerns about its effects on climate change. For these reasons, I again urge the State Department to conduct a thorough and meaningful analysis of how approval of this project might affect the threat of climate change.”