Keystone delay seen giving time for climate concessions

|By:, SA News Editor

The delay on a decision on whether to approve the Keystone XL (TRP) pipeline, possibly into next year, is seen buying more time for all sides - giving opponents time to marshal efforts against it but also offering Pres. Obama a chance to wring concessions from Canada.

Observers say Obama may be trying to "extract the maximum leverage" in discussions with Canada on reducing emissions from oil sands production, important for Democrats in upcoming elections because of the money and mobilization the environmental community offers.