Keystone Is Obama's Energy Test

10/24/2011 11:18 am ET | Updated Dec 24, 2011

Let's remember why we elected President Obama. He may blame inaction on the Republicans, but the Keystone pipeline project will be a test (no Congressional vote) on whether he chooses to commit the next few decades to an energy plan based on fossil fuels or whether he really wants to begin the transformation to building a renewable energy future. His choice. Let's hope his actions are as bold as his words.

"We can be the generation that finally frees America from the tyranny of oil."

"The next generation will not be held hostage to energy sources from the last century. We are not going to move backwards. We are going to move forward."

"We understand the gravity of the climate threat. We are determined to act. And we will meet our responsibility to future generations."

"I say we can't afford not to change how we produce and use energy -- because the long-term costs to our economy, our national security, and our environment are far greater."

"Unchecked, climate change will pose unacceptable risks to our security, our economies, and our planet."

"The threat from climate change is serious, it is urgent, and it is growing."

"When special interests put their thumb on the scale, and distort the free market, the people who compete by the rules come in last."

"This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal"