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Obama's 'no' to Keystone XL was the right call

Obama's 'no' to Keystone XL was the right call

The Keystone XL pipeline project promised to bring thousands of construction jobs to America, but the long-term cost of those temporary jobs would have been steep. Not only would a mammoth pipeline from the tar sands of Canada to the refineries of the Gulf Coast have carried 830,000 barrels of toxic crude oil a day through the U.S. heartland, but it would have encouraged a particularly dirty form of oil extraction that could exacerbate climate change. President Obama's decision Friday to deny a permit for the pipeline, after a years-long slog of multiple studies and heated political battles, was the right one.

Supporters of the pipeline have argued that the oil would be produced...