Obama Discusses Tar Sands Pipeline As Pressure Mounts
President Obama has finally begun to address the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project, raising anti-pipeline activists’ hopes that he will halt the construction given environmental concerns.
Pipeline advocates argue that the project, which would stretch from the Canadian tar sands to Texas oil refineries, would create jobs and decrease dependence on Middle Eastern oil. Those opposing the pipeline contend that there is a high risk of leaks and that the tar sands oil releases more carbon than conventional crude oil. Additionally, concerns about a pro-industry bias in the State Department, which is responsible for approving the project, have increased pressure for Obama to take the matter into his own hands.