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    ..Not Approve The Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline
    Think Progess: climate progress - By Joe Romm on Jan 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    50-50. Those were the odds you could get in DC for a bet on whether or not Obama would ultimately approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

    But this week I think the odds turned against the pipeline, for two reasons:
     1.Obama devoted far more of his second inaugural address to climate change than anybody expected — and framed the issue in stark, moral terms.
     2.The State Department decision won’t come until after March, which means it will almost certainly be made by the new Secretary, climate hawk John Kerry.

    Since so much as been written about the first point, let me start with the second. NBC reports:

    “We don’t anticipate being able to conclude our own review before the end of the first quarter of this year,” said Victoria Nuland, a spokeswoman at the State Department, which had previously said it would make a decision by that deadline.

    The review is followed by a public comment period and then a final decision. That timeline means State’s decision will very likely be made by the man Obama nominated to replace Hillary Clinton.
    But then again as reported by HuffPo
     Keystone XL Pipeline: John Kerry Has Investments In Canadian Energy Companies

    Let em fight putting it through the Rockies if they must. Maybe that'll make it too expensive and they move on to something less expensive to harvest - Like Solar energy

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