Keystone Backers Await Report

Supporters and foes of the Keystone XL pipeline “are bracing for the release of an environmental analysis from the U.S. government that could determine the $5.4 billion project’s fate,” Bloomberg reports.

“While the report isn’t the final step, it’s eagerly anticipated because it will answer a question central to whether President Barack Obama approves the project: would Keystone contribute significantly to climate change? Obama has said he wouldn’t support the pipeline if it were found to substantially boost carbon-dioxide emissions that many scientists say are raising the Earth’s temperature.”

However, the Stillwater News Press reports that Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) said he expects the Obama administration to delay a presidential permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline “as long as possible.”