Mark Bittman argues that President Obama’s approval of Keystone XL is not a foregone conclusion.
The State Department’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement is “a Rorschach test; you can read it anyway you like. And the lines in the Tar Sands were drawn long ago. If you support Keystone XL, you support further development of nonrenewable, carbon-intensive energy sources.”
“Keystone is a real test of President Obama’s resolve, his principles, and his stated desires to slow climate change and support alternative energy sources; he can make a real difference here, and it’s his decision.”
“Keystone XL is not like the farm bill, a miserable fait accompli that’s already seen as an inevitable compromise. Here the president has real power: the power to just say no.”