After learning that the State Department plans to delay a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, Sen. Bernie Sanders welcomed the development. "I strongly believe that the more the American people learn about this project, the more they will understand that it would be disastrous for our environment and for our economy. They will want the president to keep his promise that the United States will lead the world in combating global warming by rejecting this pipeline." A member of the Senate environment and energy committees, Sanders had led members of Congress in urging the State Department inspector general to look into questions about the environmental impact. "I appreciated the recent decision by the inspector general to conduct a special review into possible conflicts of interest in the State Department's handling of an environmental impact study. Clearly, no final decision should be made until that review is completed and the findings are made public.