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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

In Smart Political Move, Obama Administration To Delay Keystone XL Decision

As predicted, the Obama administration will delay its decision on whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

During a briefing, the administration justified the delay by saying it is studying alternate routes for the proposed $7 billion, 1,700-mile pipeline. But the underlying motivation is no doubt to put off a decision until after the 2012 election has passed — thereby preventing a major electoral push-back from either the oil industry or frustrated environmentalists.

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  • L.M. Jeanneret

    The author’s use of the word “guise” regarding Obama’s decision to delay cynically ignores the fact that reconsideration of this project is the right thing to do. Compromising the sole source Ogalalla Aquifer would be a disaster, the State Department’s process has an appearance of conflict of interest, and we could use the oil. The costs, though may be too high.