Sanders praises Obama for blocking Dakota Access Pipeline

Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has praised US President Barack Obama for halting the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

On Sunday, the US Army Corps of Engineers blocked construction of a disputed segment of the Dakota Access Pipeline, delivering a major victory for Native Americans and climate activists who have staged months of protests.

In a statement on Sunday evening, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who has been an outspoken opponent of the multi-billion-dollar project pipeline, hailed Obama for “listening to the Native American people and millions of others who believe this pipeline should not be built.”

“In the year 2016, we should not continue to trample on Native American sovereignty. We should not endanger the water supply of millions of people. We should not become more dependent on fossil fuel and accelerate the planetary crisis of climate change. Our job now is to transform our energy system away from fossil…

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