February 1, 2014
THEIR CAUSE IS NOT HIS:
Did the Latest State Dept. Report Just Make Keystone Inevitable? (THOMAS STACKPOLE, JANUARY 31, 2014, Foreign Policy)
Posted by Orrin Judd at February 1, 2014 9:10 AMEnvironmentalists can chain themselves to the White House fence all they want: the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline appears to be slowly but surely headed for approval.On Friday afternoon, that time of day for rolling out news the White House would like to see buried, the State Department released its long awaited environmental impact report, which concluded that the project would have only minimal environmental impact.The decision could provide President Obama with cover to sign off on the project after more than five years of review. In a speech last summer, Obama said he would only approve the pipeline if it did "not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution. The net effects of the pipeline's impact on our climate will be absolutely critical to determining whether this project is allowed to go forward." Now, he has a report in hand making that exact argument. Moreover, the report claims that the pipeline would create some 42,100 jobs and generate $2 billion in earnings across the U.S economy.