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Bad news for Harper – President Obama “has all but decided to deny the permit for the pipeline,” says Rolling Stone

This headline news from “two high-level sources in the Obama administration”

But wait — Democratic Senator Mary Loretta Landrieu, Louisiana, and Republican Senator John Hoeven, North Dakota, have teamed up to get a Senate vote to approve KXL (see story below)

No 1044 Posted by fw, May 1, 2014

“…the president is likely to announce his decision on the northern leg of the Keystone XL, the hugely controversial 1,179-mile-long pipeline that would bring tar-sands oil down from Alberta to Gulf Coast refineries. Although no final decision has been made, two high-level sources in the Obama administration told me recently that the president has all but decided to deny the permit for the pipeline – a dramatic move that would light up Democratic voters and donors while further provoking the wrath of Big Oil. Finally, Obama is positioning the U.S. to play a key role in negotiations on a new global-climate treaty that will begin next year, establishing American leadership on climate issues and giving him one last chance to lead the world to a cooler future before he leaves the Oval Office.”Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone

Read the entire, fascinating, story here, including an account of the political minefield surrounding the decision —

Obama’s Last Shot  by Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone, April 23, 2014

SEE ALSO Reacts to Landrieu, Hoeven Bill to Build the Keystone XL Pipeline by Common Dreams, May 1, 2014

WASHINGTON – May 1 – founder Bill McKibben issued the following reaction to the news that Sen. Landrieu and Sen. Hoeven have introduced a bill that would green light construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

“The endless attempts of bought-off politicians with Big Oil money to ram this thing through America’s Heartland are as disheartening as they are predictable. We will do all we can to meet their money with science and their cynicism with conviction.” Communications Director Jamie Henn added:

“We’ve now got a clearer list of who is doing the bidding of Big Oil instead of standing up for the American people. This sort of bill is exactly the reason why Congress is less popular than cockroaches. Keystone XL remains a climate disaster and clearly fails President Obama’s own test for approving the project.”

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