The U.S. State Department will apparently deny a permit for the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border. According to The Huffington Post, “a source who had been briefed on the matter confirmed on Wednesday.”
The news follows White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s announcement on Tuesday that President Barack Obama cannot approve the pipeline by the Feb. 21 deadline imposed by Congress.
It probably is no coincidence that this news also comes after House and Senate lawmakers made clear their intention to introduce legislation calling for approval of the pipeline, even if the Obama administration rejects it. According to The Huffington Post:
“That bill, drafted by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), would have shut the White House out of the Keystone decision-making process, leaving Congress with full authority to approve the pipeline, which would stretch an estimated 1,700 miles from tar sands in Canada to oil refineries along the Gulf Coast.”
Looks like the pit is all set up for a real old-fashioned dogfight, and we can expect political fur to fly and some political bloodletting before this is over.
Personally, I no longer care if the Keystone XL oil pipeline is approved: given the worldwide demand for petroleum products, Canadian bitumen will get sold one way or another.