Regardless of the State Department's conclusions about how it decided on a contractor to write the Environmental Impact Statement, approval or disapproval of the pipeline remains in the hands of Secretary Kerry and President Obama.
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Following 40 years of sustained fighting on behalf of human health, the environment, and a livable climate, Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) announced on Thursday that he would retire from Congress after this year. Who will fill his shoes is as yet unknown.