Keystone Pipeline Decision Aimed at President Obama’s Political Base

Yale Environment 360: Top aides to President Obama say that his desire to satisfy two key political constituencies -- environmental advocates and affluent Democratic donors -- played a major role in his decision to reject an application to build a pipeline to carry tar sands oil from Alberta to Texas. The president’s political advisers said that approval of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline would have alienated his political base and would have created nowhere near the 20,000 jobs that oil industry advocates claimed......

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