Keystone Foes Pinning Final Hopes on Green Obama

Green activists aren’t resigned to losing the battle over building the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Neb. But Friday’s latest blow was yet another disappointment in their often strained relationship with President Barack Obama.

A new State Department report that discounted most of the environmental community’s warnings about the Keystone XL puts the final decision on the project closer to Obama’s desk, after years in which he’s been able to dodge rendering a verdict.

It all may come down to which Obama makes the final call: the president who declared in Tuesday’s State of the Union that “climate change is a fact” or the one who, in the same speech, touted an “all of the above” approach to energy policy — a phrase that environmentalists had specifically urged him to stop using.

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US State Department's page on the Keystone XL pipeline project