Pipeline Politics
Where Did the Keystone Controversy Go?
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  • Robert Evans

    I’m actually thinking that he’s going to refuse to make a decision and run out the clock on the issue; it’s his pattern, after all, to vote “present” rather than commit himself.

  • Samuel Adams

    Short answer. The Obama Adminstration has ramped up the production of political fiascoes beyond the capacity of the media to report them.

  • ShadrachSmith

    Other topics arose, unbidden…

  • FriendlyGoat

    Not long ago, the Republicans were going to focus the midterms on opposition to Obamacare too. Issues ebb and flow—–mostly driven by the most current polls, I think.

  • S.C. Schwarz

    The Keystone delay, or indeed cancellation if it comes to that, has and had no environmental and negligible economic impacts. But it still had important symbolic effects. Keystone approval was literally a no-brainer. Every state department report for years has recommended approval. Indeed, with some 300,000 miles of existing pipelines in the US how could anyone imagine that this particular 1,300 miles would be “game over” for the human race, as Bill McKIbben repeatedly said. I’m sure that when Trans-Canada got into this, spending millions on environmental studies, permitting and design, they thought it was low risk. But what Keystone, and many other similar regulatory excesses, teach is that nothing is low risk when everything is political. Just as companies know they have to be careful about investing in a place like Russia, where the rule of law is weak, they are learning they have to be careful about investing in the US too.

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