Did Obama Just Pave the Way for Keystone?
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  • Tom Lindmark

    State did indeed produce a draft report which would seem to lock the deal up in favor of Keystone, but EPA disagreed and that standoff has not been reconciled. Remember the State Department report was issued under the Clinton regime and she no doubt calculated the political impact from the standpoint of a presidential campaign. I doubt those considerations will weigh on Kerry so much as legacy might. Don’t count on him to knock heads with the EPA if they dig in their heels.

    If the President does come down on the side of Keystone expect it to be after the 2014 election. There’s no gain to be had in infuriating the Green base prior to the election.

    • Corlyss

      I concur completely.

    • Atanu Maulik

      What about the labor base ?

  • Corlyss

    Did Obama Just Pave the Way for Keystone?
    No.

  • jtintokyo

    Another point is that the Gulf Coast refineries that KXL would deliver Alberta oil to are designed to process oil high in wax and sulfur. These refineries currently process Venezuelean and Mexican oil that have, if anything, a higher wax and sulfur content than does Alberta oil. These refineries are going to process high wax and high sulfur oil regardless.

  • Atanu Maulik

    “tar sands oil will be coming out of the ground regardless of whether or not we build Keystone. The oil will be brought to market somehow, whether by rail or by the construction of a different pipeline through Canada.”_______Yeah that’s the fundamental problem that the left (now wearing green cloak) will never be able to overcome. They will never find a way to win against common sense and mathematics. So one way or other they will always end up on the losing side. I sometimes wonder why don’t they get tired of losing ?

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