In his global warming speech today, President Obama said:
“Our national interest will be served only if this pipeline does not significantly exacerbate the climate problem.”
Great news! The Keystone XL pipeline has already passed the test. From the State Department’s draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS):
“Based on information and analysis about the North American crude transport infrastructure (particularly the proven ability of rail to transport substantial quantities of crude oil profitably under current market conditions, and to add capacity relatively rapidly) and the global crude oil market, the draft Supplemental EIS concludes that approval or denial of the proposed Project is unlikely to have a substantial impact on the rate of development in the oil sands, or on the amount of heavy crude oil refined in the Gulf Coast area.”
So no more excuses. Approve the Keystone XL pipeline now!