WASHINGTON (November 6, 2015)— President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline that would have crossed from Canada into the United States, and run all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. This announcement resolves one of the major environmental issues from President Obama’s tenure and sends a strong signal of the administration’s leadership, coming just ahead of the Paris climate negotiations in December.

Following is a statement by Jennifer Morgan, global director, Climate Program, World Resources Institute:

“The rejection of the Keystone pipeline is a signal that should reverberate to all parties involved in the Paris climate talks. It shows that the Obama administration is serious about moving the country toward clean, renewable energy sources. A strong agreement in Paris will reaffirm the need to accelerate the pace and scale of this shift toward a zero carbon economy.”