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March 30, 2015

Keystone XL Pipeline Decision: Mired in Politics?

President Obama’s final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline project is in danger of being clouded by politics, and not based on sound policy. Both sides are threatening retribution.

The Hill: “’It is very likely that there will be negative consequences for Democrats if Keystone were approved,’ said Kate Colarulli, the associate director for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Oil campaign. ‘This is a tremendous opportunity to protect the climate and build the Democratic base if Obama rejects Keystone XL.’”

“Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Monday the decision to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline is a political one, and not one founded in science.”

“Which is why lawmakers that support Keystone have said they are concerned Obama would try to delay a decision until after midterms.”

“But if Obama doesn’t set a timeline for a decision soon, a group of Senate lawmakers could propose legislation imposing a deadline for the president.”

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