Pressure is building on the Obama administration to reach a final decision on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
The State Department seems to be siding with backers of the project. The favorable environmental impact statement it has just released does not wholly dispel the reservations of the EPA and private environmental groups, but it carries political weight. Still, before construction can begin, the pipeline needs a finding that it is in the national interest
. It is not.
Keystone XL, if built, would carry bitumen from Canadian oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries.
Its backers claim it will enhance national security without harm to the environment and create jobs in the process
Those claims are dubious....
To read more visit, http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/energy-a-environment/187393--why-keystone-xl-is-not-in-the-national-interest
Ed is the author of the recently published, There Aint No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
If you're anywhere near Robert's Bookshop in Riga on the evening of 19th October at 6.30PM, come along and listen to Ed's discuss economics and the environment.