Mui, Simon

Simon Mui is a scientist in San Francisco with NRDC’s Clean Vehicles and Fuels program.

Next up for Keystone XL and Tar Sands: California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard

By Simon Mui
Natural Resources Defense Council

Make no mistake. President Obama’s decision to delay the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is a big deal.

Some 15,000 Americans took the case directly to the White House. People sent more than 300,000 messages and put the brakes on a process that was all but coasting to approval. Americans from all walks of life made a difference in a battle against a well-funded oil industry effort.

BUT, don’t forget: Big Oil is not going to give up on its plan to strip-mine and steam tar sands from deep under the great Canadian Boreal forest and pipe one of the dirtiest crude oil sources 1,700 miles across America. Whoever is president in 2013—Obama or one of his Republican opponents—will have the final say.