Just as we were putting the finishing touches on a new report, Fueling Extinction
, the Obama administration delivered some really big news
–the State Department rejected TransCanada’s request to build the Keystone XL Pipeline.
As we’ve written
, the Keystone XL Pipeline could have been catastrophic for one of our nation’s most endangered species, the whooping crane. This now-rejected pipeline is a tragic illustration of a simple fact: Fossil fuels are killing wildlife and putting the planet at unprecedented risk.
These diverse species all have at least one thing in common. They’re being driven closer to the edge of extinction by our nation’s continued reliance on energy sources produced in the age of dinosaurs.
are seeing their habitat melt from beneath them, while facing a new threat in the form of Arctic drilling. Endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles
still recovering from the Gulf spill, are uniquely vulnerable to threats from oil and gas development. Greater sage-grouse
have seen their range-wide abundance decrease between 69-99 percent from historic levels due in large part to habitat loss from oil and gas development.