For some time now, President Obama has expressed his disapproval for the construction of the Keystone Pipeline to transport oil from Canada to the U.S. On Friday, Obama rejected the approval of a permit for its construction.
Justin Eilpernin and Steven Mufson from Washington Post reported what Obama had to say:
“President Obama announced Friday that his administration will not issue a permit for construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, arguing that approval would undermine the U.S. effort to curb greenhouse gases.
‘America’s now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change,’ Obama said. ‘And frankly, approving this project would have undercut that global leadership. And that’s the biggest risk we face — not acting.’
Denying TransCanada Corp. a permit for the 1,179-mile pipeline between Hardisty, Alberta, and Steele City, Neb., ends a seven-year fight over a project that became a symbol in the political battle over climate change.”
The battle for the Keystone XL pipeline approval may not be over yet.
Josh Lederman from Yahoo reported the following:
“Though environmental groups hailed Friday as a “day of celebration,” Obama’s decision was unlikely to be the last word for Keystone XL.
TransCanada, the company behind the proposal, said it remained “absolutely committed” to building the project and was considering filing a new application for permits. The company has previously raised the possibility of suing the U.S. to recoup the more than $2 billion it says it has already spent on development.
‘Today, misplaced symbolism was chosen over merit and science. Rhetoric won out over reason,’ said TransCanada CEO Russ Girling. His criticism was echoed by Republicans including House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said Obama had rejected tens of thousands of jobs while railroading Congress.
‘This decision isn’t surprising, but it is sickening,’ Ryan said.”
Some believe that Obama rejected the pipeline to please Warren Buffet, who is a big investor in the railways that deliver oil across the United States; having the Keystone XL Pipeline in place would threaten the business of transporting oil by train and consequently threaten Buffet’s investment.
My opinion may change in the future, but right now I think the Keystone Pipeline would benefit the environment. It would reduce the oil spills caused by ship transport by lessening the need for overseas import and export. Plus, in Canada, devastating train explosions like the one that occurred in Lac-Mégantic would be avoided in the future if oil is transported by Pipeline instead of train.
Another thing to consider is that no one knows exactly what is causing climate change because there are so many factors that contribute to it, and carbon emissions may only have a small impact on the climate. Some scientists believe that climate change is just a temporary cycle that the earth goes through regardless of carbon emissions.
Are you for or against the Keystone Pipeline? Please comment below.
Here Obama’s rejection statement from YouTube channel UpTakeVideo.