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In moving towards an end to government funding for the fossil fuel industry, President Obama and President Xi are demonstrating real, substantive progress towards the 2009 G20 Leader’s Pledge of phasing out fossil fuel subsidies.
We're glad to see that Secretary Clinton has weighed the evidence and moved from being 'inclined to support' the Keystone XL pipeline to clear opposition. It's clear that the more you look at this pipeline, the more you realize it's the wrong choice for this country.
Eliminating the crude export ban would not only hurt the many communities facing dangerous oil extraction in their backyards but also our climate, as the industry digs up unburnable oil at an even faster clip. The only beneficiaries of gutting this law are the Big Oil Executives seeking to pad their profits.
President Obama and Secretary Kerry should recognize that every devastating impact of climate change they encounter in the Arctic will only be the tip of the iceberg if Big Oil is allowed to continue their high risk Arctic projects. Approving Royal Dutch Shell’s drilling permits one week and going to the Arctic to show your commitment to climate action the next is dissonance at best and downright hypocrisy at worst.
The President’s decision today to give final approval for Shell to drill in the Arctic this summer is another stark reminder of the catastrophic disconnect between the nation's energy policy and our climate imperatives.