On March 21 the Obama Administration announced that the President will be issuing an executive order to fast track the permitting of the Cushing-Port Arthur pipeline. In response, Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, issued the following statement:
“The Sierra Club is deeply disappointed that the President is fast tracking the Cushing-Port Arthur pipeline. This wrongheaded decision will do nothing to lower gas prices and only helps the richest oil companies get richer. While this may have been a political calculation for the administration, it puts American families at risk and only serves to deepen our dependence on oil. Pipelines leak, and tar sands pipelines are dirtier and more dangerous – this decision will affect real people and real families who have a right to keep their property, air and water clean and safe.
“The President has vowed to double down on clean energy and we look forward to seeing those plans. We can’t afford to hit snooze again on our nation’s dangerous addiction to oil, and until the President and Congress make good on promises of clean energy, we are doomed to find ourselves in this mess over and over again.
“The Sierra Club is committed to fighting dirty tar sands and we stand with the families of Oklahoma and Texas and all Americans who care about keeping their air, water and land safe from polluters.”