The U.S. State Department has issued a key permit that will allow the completion of the Trans-Canada Keystone XL pipeline. This latest development is a reversal of the State Department’s position under the Obama administration that prevented construction of this vital piece of infrastructure.
Not surprisingly, the Sierra Club and other environmental groups who have obstructed the completion of Keystone XL for the past decade are apoplectic. Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune had this to say in a statement released earlier this morning.
This project has already been defeated, and it will be once again.
We hate to break it to Mr. Brune, but the words “The Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs has issued a Presidential permit to TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. (“TransCanada”) authorizing TransCanada to construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities at the U.S.-Canadian border in Phillips County, Montana for the importation of crude oil” don’t exactly sound like the project has been defeated.
We assume groups like the Sierra Club will continue to obstruct the process, but the Keystone XL has now overcome a major hurdle.
However, the Sierra Club can’t spread misinformation or organize more activists against the pipeline without funding, and that’s where several corporations you might recognize come in. We’ve found that the following help support the Sierra Club’s liberal environmental agenda and you can see more on where these companies stand on all the issues on their scorepages: