The State Department released a report on Friday that could pave the way toward President Obama’s approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.Related: Peter Foster -The real barrier to Keystone XL approval lies with the White House
... In a major speech on the environment last summer, Mr. Obama said that he would approve the pipeline only if it would not “significantly exacerbate” the problem of carbon pollution. He said the pipeline’s net effects on the climate would be “absolutely critical” to his decision.
... The conclusions of the report appear to indicate that the project has passed Mr. Obama’s climate criteria, an outcome expected to outrage environmentalists,...
... The report released on Friday, however, is far from the final decision on the project. The State Department must next determine whether the pipeline is in the national interest. ...
Friday, January 31, 2014
Keystone XL pipeline passes Obama's climate criteria
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