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Grumet: Keystone Not a Proxy for Real Debate on Energy, Climate Change

Monday, March 27, 2017

Washington, D.C.– Bipartisan Policy Center President Jason Grumet today issued the following statement on news the Trump administration has granted permits for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline:

“The Keystone XL pipeline is just one small facet of our integrated North American energy economy. Today’s decision to approve construction of the pipeline will not likely significantly impact American or Canadian greenhouse gas emissions, as the oil that will fill this pipeline currently crosses the border by rail. More importantly, however, we cannot address transportation-related emissions by trying to create shortages in energy supply.

“We must also end the idea that a single pipeline is a proxy for the national and global debate over climate change. America ultimately needs a more forward-looking and comprehensive energy policy that includes investments in energy infrastructure and support for research on energy innovation. Today’s action doesn’t address those needs. Tackling the very real climate problem requires both embracing American energy abundance and investing in the development and deployment of new, lower-emission technologies.”

KEYWORDS: ENERGY EFFICIENCY, JASON GRUMET, KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, TRANSPORTATION