Opinion: Stopping Keystone won’t stop climate change

More than five years after TransCanada’s initial application to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, it is hard to read the State Department’s 44-page summary (PDF) of its report on the project without concluding that it is time for President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to stop stalling and just green-light the project. And that is even before you consider the politics of an issue that Republicans have turned into a very fruitful talking point.
Strictly from an environmental standpoint, the State Department summary suggests the 875-mile pipeline — which would extend from Morgan, Mont., to Steele City, Neb., where it would connect to the already built southern leg of the pipeline — is probably the cleanest and least risky way to transport crude oil from the tar sands of Alberta to refineries on the Gulf Coast. (This assumes the oil will be extracted and transported even if the pipeline is not built, which the authors make clear is what they think is going to happen.)

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Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Opinion: Stopping Keystone won’t stop climate change

More than five years after TransCanada’s initial application to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, it is hard to read the State Department’s 44-page summary (PDF) of its report on the project without concluding that it is time for President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to stop stalling and just green-light the project. And that is even before you consider the politics of an issue that Republicans have turned into a very fruitful talking point.

Strictly from an environmental standpoint, the State Department summary suggests the 875-mile pipeline — which would extend from Morgan, Mont., to Steele City, Neb., where it would connect to the already built southern leg of the pipeline — is probably the cleanest and least risky way to transport crude oil from the tar sands of Alberta to refineries on the Gulf Coast. (This assumes the oil will be extracted and transported even if the pipeline is not built, which the authors make clear is what they think is going to happen.)

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Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

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    I don’t care about climate change right now. I care about the landowners who will be walked upon. I care about the...
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    Interesting point of view. Not sure if I agree but it is always good to gather information from all sides of the story.
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    Oh well if it’s going to be done anyway we might as well condone it, right?
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