The Keystone XL pipeline is the safest and most environmentally sound way to transport Canadian and North Dakota oil to Gulf Coast refineries, TransCanada (TRP) says in its last-ditch appeal for approval, along with more than 100K other opinions during a government public comment period that ended Friday.
More than a dozen environmental groups said in joint comments that Keystone XL would boost air pollution at refineries, carry the risk of tough-to-clean spills and “would not lead to energy independence."
Whatever Pres. Obama's decision, he's going to anger either environmental activists or labor unions; leaders of various U.S. building trades unions gathered in D.C. today and suggested the wrong decision could mean consequences for Democrats in the November elections.
Hillary Clinton also faces a quandary: Some wealthy Democrat environmentalists are considering withholding support for a 2016 presidential bid unless she reassures them about killing Keystone.