From Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
Today’s big news is that the State Department will reject the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. This office has supported the efforts to stop this project; staff member Kathy McNeely was a member of a small delegation of faith leaders who met with the State Department on this issue in October. The battle is not over, however. In response to today’s announcement, Keystone XL protest leader Bill McKibben said, “We’re well aware that the fossil fuel lobby won’t give up easily. They have control of Congress. But as the year goes on, we’ll try to break some of that hammerlock, both so that environmental review can go forward, and so that we can stop wasting taxpayer money on subsidies and handouts to the industry.” A major public action is planned for Tuesday, January 24 in Washington, D.C. – see www.350.org for more information.