Oil, money, politics: Keystone XL hits a snag
April 23rd, 2013
04:22 AM ET

Oil, money, politics: Keystone XL hits a snag

The politics of oil and ecology have put President Obama between a rock and hard place, as he faces a decision on whether or not to permit construction of a new pipeline. The squeeze just got tighter with a new, negative environmental assessment.

The Keystone XL pipeline will give America energy independence, thousands of jobs, important industrial infrastructure and won't cost taxpayers a dime, say proponents. Many of them are Republican lawmakers.

It is dangerous, inherently filthy and must be stopped, say opponents, some of whom are Democrats who helped get the president elected.

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  1. vikingwoman

    Snag, like the 1 in Arizona!? Thousands of gallons of tarsand bubbling & leaking into a neighborhood! No thanks!!

    April 23, 2013 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO

    It's not exactly the most negative report. To quote from the "Full Story" link:

    "The environmental agency rated the DEIS as EO-2. It stands for "Environmental Objections-Insufficient Information." That could be seen as a C- on the EPA's grading scale."

    EPA's main objection is that the state department just gave the pipeline a positive report, implying the EPA was on board. The EPA seems to be saying "not so fast, don't speak for us."

    April 23, 2013 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO

    As long as we use fossil fuels, there are going to be risks. Until alternate technologies are fully developed (and we are at least a generation away) the main focus must be to use fossil fuels as responsibly as possible. Now, the question is do you want the pipeline, or would you rather stick to importing oil from politically questionable regimes, bringing it in on tankers over the seas?

    April 23, 2013 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mr Dalloway

    It's not that our politicians are thick but that WE THE PEOPLE need to get our act together and hold them more accountable

    April 23, 2013 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mr Dalloway

    The USA belongs to US it's OUR.home

    April 23, 2013 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mr Dalloway

    It's an absolute shame that our president is two faced.

    April 23, 2013 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      you mean republican congress and senate destroying this country?

      April 23, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Lol. *Every* President is "two-faced"; it comes with the territory.

      April 23, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @banasy,good after noon..You didn't post with your alternate name Donna today did you,just wondering because I tripped over her again!!@s kel,as long as big oil lobbyists are around America will be fighting these destroyers of environments nationwide..They're a different animal altogether bud,take care!!

      April 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |