Sen. Sanders Opposes Keystone In Order To 'Cut Carbon Emissions'

By Eric Scheiner | February 19, 2014 | 2:00pm EST

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) AP Photo

( - Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says he is opposed to the Keystone XL Pipeline because of climate change, saying “if we don’t cut carbon emissions it will only get worse," even though a State Department study indicates that more greenhouse gases will be released if the oil line is not constructed.

Sanders made the comments on the Feb. 14 edition of the Thom Hartmann Show.

“I am strongly opposed to the Keystone pipeline. I happen to agree with the vast majority of the scientists who are telling us that global warming and climate change is real,” Sanders told a caller who asked about the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

“It is wreaking havoc today in the United States in terms of floods, droughts, forest fires, extreme weather disturbance and all over the world, and if we don’t cut carbon emissions it will only get worse,” Sanders continued.

“So I cannot understand how the president or Secretary of State John Kerry, who’s going to have a role in this, could support the pipeline. I certainly hope they will not – when they talk about the dangers of climate change - you’re moving into two opposite directions.“

The State Department’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement shows that if the Keystone XL Pipeline is not constructed, the end result could be the release of up to 42 percent more greenhouse gases than if it were to be built, due to the use of other methods in transporting the oil.

Secretary Kerry is expected to become involved in the permitting process for the proposed 875-mile pipeline from Canada into the U.S.

At this time there is no deadline set for Kerry to make a decision on permitting for the pipeline.

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