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Sen. Barbara Boxer wants to add a new element to the Keystone XL oil pipeline debate: its effects on health.
The California Democrat claims negative health effects from the proposed pipeline’s development were ignored by the State Department’s environmental impact review.
“The Environmental Impact Statement was woefully inadequate when it came to exploring human impacts of the pipeline,” Boxer said Wednesday at a press conference held with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and anti-Keystone XL activists and environmentalists.
She said Keystone would add pollutants to the air that will increase the likelihood of people getting cancer or heart disease.
“I do believe the public health impacts are something that average people can really relate to because they know cancer is the second leading cause of death in this country — heart disease is number one — and all of this filthy air contributes to both of those,” she said.