U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai"i), Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power, issued the following statement regarding the State Department's final supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL pipeline permit application:
"I am certain that encouraging the production of Canadian tar sands -- some of the dirtiest oil in the world -- is not in America's national interest. As other agencies, Secretary Kerry, and ultimately President Obama review the environmental analysis, I would urge that they conclude that the environmental impacts of this pipeline are simply too high and reject the proposal. Climate change is the challenge of our generation and we need to be moving forward with policies to support clean energy, not backwards with dirty energy like the Keystone pipeline supports."