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Keystone XL is Rejected By President Obama

Protests against the Keystone XL pipeline.  Photo:

Protests against the Keystone XL pipeline. Photo:

The Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport bitumen from the Alberta Tar Sands project to the Gulf of Mexico, was dealt another blow yesterday.  President Obama was pressured into making a decision on the pipeline by the Republicans in congress who added a 60-day decision deadline in a bill that would extended payroll tax cuts.  According to the President, the arbitrary deadline did not allow for the proper evaluation of the new route which was suggested after the President’s previous delay of the pipeline.  The previous route would have brought the pipeline over a very important aquifer in the state of Nebraska.

This does not mean that the pipeline will not be built.  The President has left the door open for TransCanada (the company that wants to build the pipeline) to apply again in the future.  And they will.

Although this latest rejection is (temporary) good news, I am disappointed to see that “the conversation” is still focused on the actual pipeline.  There is little to no discussion about the greater implications of the pipeline and the Tar Sands which are, in my opinion, climate change and Canada’s energy security.  But, you gotta take the good news when it comes!

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