... Begin forwarded message: Dear J, Huge news: Yesterday, after months of passing the buck, President Obama announced that he will be making the finalMessage 1 of 1 , Nov 2, 2011View SourceBegin forwarded message:
Huge news: Yesterday, after months of passing the buck, President Obama announced that he will be making the final decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline.1
We always knew that the decision would ultimately come from the Oval Office. But President Obama is now formally saying that the State Department will be making recommendations to him, rather than making the final decision.
The State Department has run a sham process wrought with conflict of interest and clear bias. That's why fourteen Senators and Representatives have called for an investigation into this process.
In the wake of President Obama's announcement, please sign the petition joining the call for investigations to make sure we hold the State Department accountable, and that the President doesn't treat their biased recommendations as legitimate.
President Obama actually owning the decision is a huge indication that our pressure, especially calling out the State Department sham, is working — and he's definitely feeling it. Let's keep it up. Please read the message below and sign the petition today.
Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
1. "Obama takes ownership of pipeline decision," Politico, November 1, 2011
For weeks we've watched the State Department's sham review of Keystone XL unfold, with no calls from congress for corrective action.
The silence was finally shattered last week, as a group of 14 Senators and Representatives, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders, sent a letter to the President and the Inspector General of the State Department, calling for a formal investigation into this scandal.1
This process being conducted by the State Department is a crime in progress. But with a final decision coming before the end of the year, it's not over yet. This is a crucial moment to amplify congressional calls for an investigation.
As the New York Times reported earlier this month, the State Department's decision to hire consulting firm Cardno Entrix, at the recommendation of pipeline developer and "major client" TransCanada, was truly "flouting the intent of a federal law meant to ensure an impartial environmental analysis of major projects."2
And as Congressional leaders wrote in their letter to the Inspector General's office "on its face alone, this creates an appearance of conflict of interest and raises several questions."
While no decision has been made yet, TransCanada — which has been shown to have extremely cozy ties to regulators at the State Department3 — is acting like they've got the decision in the bag.
They've already started threatening to confiscate private land along the pipeline route under eminent domain if the landowners refuse to grant access to this pipeline disaster.4
Yet given the State Department's actions so far, TransCanada has little reason to doubt their proposal will be rejected.
Instead of the thorough and unbiased review warranted by a project that carries such significant risks, Secretary of State Clinton and her staff have run a controversial process that reeks of impropriety and conflict of interest.
American's deserve an independent investigation into the State Department's handling of its process, to insure that our national interest, not the interest of a foreign corporation, are being put first in this critical decision about the future of our country.
Thank you for fighting the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets
1. "Climate Hawks In Congress Call For Federal Investigation Of Keystone XL Approval Process," Think Progress, October 26, 2011
2. "Pipeline Review Is Faced With Question of Conflict," The New York Times, October 7, 2011
3. "TransCanada pipeline lobbyist works all the angles with former colleagues," Washington Post, September 22, 2011
4. "Eminent Domain Fight Has a Canadian Twist," The New York Times, October 17, 2011
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