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Kaine and Warner Can’t Have It Both Ways on Keystone XL and Climate Action


Self-styled “centrist” Democratic senators like Tim Kaine and Mark Warner say they recognize climate reality and support action to cut carbon pollution. But … then they see polls that show the public is split on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline … and feel pressure from Very Serious People in Washington who won’t say no to anything the oil, gas and coal industries want … and think, maybe we can have both? Get credit for support this current & specific polluting pipeline AND burnish climate bona fides by hand-waving towards some future & not yet existent climate effort?

No. Climate action isn’t just about the easy & popular things, like clean energy and energy efficiency. It’s also about the hard things, like saying no to oil and coal barons who may spend lots of money to try to defeat you in your next re-election campaign. You can’t claim to support climate action, but wilt like corn caught in a global warming-fueled drought every time big polluters come asking for a favor.

Either folks like Tim Kaine and Mark Warner support climate action. Or they support Keystone XL and don’t really care about things like confronting superstorms like Sandy or protecting our natural resources for future generations. They can’t have it both ways.

  • given that Virginia has no oil, no interests related to Keystone, but a HIGHLY vulnerable Atlantic coast that is going to be inundated by rising seas due to global warming. In other words, this is a no brainer: OPPOSE KEYSTONE!

  • Call Sen. Kaine’s office at (202) 224-4024 & let him know. Or find your local office: http://www.kaine.senate.gov/co

  • kindler

    …is that while so many Rs are caught in wacko denial theories, Ds are at least likely to pay the issue lip service.  

    Sadly, that’s all we get from most — no real action in the right direction, combined with continued steps in the wrong direction.