The Hill

Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune predicted victory Tuesday in activists' battle against the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, calling President Obama’s vow to focus on climate change in his second inaugural speech a good omen.

"We are confident that [new Secretary of State John] Kerry will advise the president and the president will decide to reject this pipeline because it is such a clear first test of the president's commitment to actually fighting climate change and ... moving beyond these extreme sources of energy," Brune said on WAMU's "The Diane Rehm Show."

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