After Tumultuous Battle, Obama Finally Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

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Cierra Bailey
Secretary of State John Kerry advised against the Keystone XL Pipeline and President Barack Obama agrees, as announced today.

A decision has been made regarding the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The Obama administration has officially rejected the project that has been a hot-button issue for most of Obama's presidency.

Secretary of State John Kerry advised against the pipeline and in a statement delivered this morning; President Barack Obama said he agrees. “The Keystone XL would not serve the national interests of the United States,” he said.

Environmental concerns were a huge factor in the administration’s decision, particularly climate change. 

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"America is now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change, and frankly approving this project would have undercut that leadership," Obama said.

The pipeline would have moved up to 830,000 barrels of oil a day over 1,700 miles from the oil sands in western Canada through six U.S. states to Steele City, Nebraska where it would link with existing framework to bring oil refineries on the Gulf Coast.

Just days before this announcement the company that would build the extension, TransCanada, canceled a request for a U.S. permit and asked the U.S. to hold off on its review of the project.

There’s some speculation that TransCanada’s request was a political move in hopes that the U.S. would elect a Republican president in 2016 that would be more willing to go through with the project, but of course … TransCanada denies those allegations.

Regardless of TransCanada's motives, the U.S. government declined their request and continued their review which has resulted in today’s breaking news that the project is officially dead. 

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