Keystone XL rejected: the tide is turning

This morning, President Obama announced his administration's rejection of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The decision came after a seven-year State Department review, during which time a mass movement emerged linking the pipeline project to climate change.

Climate Solutions Senior Policy Advisor KC Golden comments:

The tide is turning. In 2007, Candidate Obama said “Let’s be the generation that finally frees America from the tyranny of oil.” Today, President Obama – emboldened by five years of non-stop people power – stood up to that tyranny.

In rejecting the KXL permit, the President affirmed our power to wage and win the battle for our best and only viable future, a clean energy future. New fossil fuel infrastructure investments like Keystone XL would forsake that future, locking us in to climate chaos. And with the clean energy revolution gaining steam, these investments are as unnecessary as they are unconscionable.

We can produce sustainable prosperity and share its fruits much more equitably than Big Oil does. We can make a just transition to clean energy and free our economy and our politics from the grip of big oil’s power. We don’t have another dollar or minute to waste on projects like Keystone XL that take us backward.

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Author Bio

KC Golden

former Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Solutions

KC shapes policy and communication strategies, with the goal of changing what's "possible" so we can do what's necessary. "Cynicism," he insists, "is capitulation."

He has served as a special assistant to the Mayor of Seattle for clean energy and climate protection initiatives and as an Assistant Director in Washington's Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development, where he directed the state's Energy Policy Office. From 1989 to 1994, he was Executive Director of the Northwest Energy Coalition, a regional alliance working for a clean, affordable energy future.

KC is a leader in the national climate movement, serving on the boards of (where he is Interim Board Chair) and the US Climate Action Network. He has also been active in the utility industry, helping Seattle City Light become the first major carbon-free electric utility in the late 1990s, and as a Governor's representative to the Executive Board of Energy Northwest, a regional public power consortium. 

KC was one of Seattle Magazine's "Power 25" most influential people, and its #1 "Eco-Hero." In 2012, he received the Heinz Award for Public Policy for his lifetime achievement as a climate advocate and policy architect.

KC earned his Bachelor's Degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and was a Kennedy Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he received a Master's in Public Policy. He retired from Climate Solutions' staff at the end of 2018.

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