Polis statement on executive actions to advance Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines
Washington D.C. – Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) released the following statement after President Trump signed two executive orders that would advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. Former President Barack Obama rejected Keystone XL in 2015 and delayed the planned Dakota Access pipeline last year, requesting further environmental analysis by the Army Corps of Engineers.
“For decades, scientists have proven the devastating impact of fossil fuels on our climate,” Polis said. “After years of environmental protections under the Obama administration, such as his action to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, it’s disheartening to see President Trump put the oil and gas industry ahead of the health of our planet, wellbeing of people, and – in the case of the Dakota Pipeline – sovereignty of Native Americans.”
“I will continue to tirelessly fight to protect our planet for future generations and prevent these oil pipelines from moving forward. In the 21st century, we should be investing in renewable energy and pursue climate technologies that safeguard our planet rather than subsidizing fossil fuel pipelines.”
On Jan. 8, 2015, Polis voted
Polis served on the Committee of Natural Resources last Congress and has advocated for a move toward renewable energies, and worked to restrict the amount of methane released