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EPA’s McCarthy: Keystone XL Not a “Disaster” for the Climate

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Opponents to the Keystone XL have cited its potential climate impact as a reason to keep the project from moving forward. However, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is skeptical that a single infrastructure project could mean devastation for the world’s climate.

From the National Journal:

“No, I don’t think that any one issue is a disaster for the climate,” McCarthy said when asked if the controversial oil-sands pipeline would be a climate disaster at an event hosted by Politico’s Mike Allen.

McCarthy went on to say, “Nor do I think there’s any one solution to the climate-change challenge that we have. Everything has to be looked at, I think, in a way that continues to advance our interests in moving toward a … low-carbon future.”

Stopping the KXL won’t mean “game over” for the planet. However, it will mean that American workers won’t benefit from 42,000 jobs supported by the project and the estimated $20 billion it’s expected to contribute to the U.S. economy.