November 6, 2015 (Ottawa, Canada): Tom Harris, Executive Director of the International Climate Science Coalition, released the following statement concerning President Barack Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline project:
"It was a serious strategic mistake for the petroleum industry and the Canadian and Albertan governments to think that they could support the idea that we can control the world’s climate by regulating carbon dioxide emissions yet still have the Keystone XL pipeline approved.
"The fact that even the State Department demonstrated that the pipeline would have had an inconsequential impact on climate made no difference. In their bid to ‘decarbonize’ our economies, climate campaigners drew a line in the sand with Keystone XL. It became a symbol of the movement.
"The only way to have defeated such symbolism would have been for industry and government to tell the truth about climate: The impact of human emissions is almost certainly very small in comparison with that of nature. But they were too frightened to do this and so now the Keystone XL project is the latest casualty of the climate scare."
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