WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement today after voting against the Keystone XL Pipeline legislation:
"This debate is not about a pipeline. It's really about market signals. A vote to approve Keystone sends the signal that carbon pollution and climate are not serious economic concerns and that even the dirtiest fuels, such as tar sands, are a good place to invest capital. A vote against Keystone sends the signal that our government is taking the science of climate change and risk analysis seriously, and that the smarter investments are on the low-carbon and sustainable fuels of the future. We have a small and closing window to avoid economically disastrous climate impacts. My vote against Keystone reflects that reality."