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Keystone XL Pipeline Loses the Week: Energy Edge - Brought to you by Chevron

Keystone XL Pipeline Loses the Week

Judging by this week's news, the controversial pipeline is the victim of a misguided environmental campaign and is also less relevant than ever, as oil companies look for other options—namely railways—to move their product.

 

It doesn't get much worse than being both unnecessary and a casualty in a fight—in this case, over climate change—where you've become the inadvertent decoy. People start to ignore you.

Now in the fifth year of the Keystone saga, you should expect a growing degree of "pipeline fatigue." Energy companies are looking beyond it and headlines are dropping off (or repeating themselves). This is bad for TransCanada, the company seeking President Obama's approval, and environmentalists, who will lose momentum in their quest to make the pipeline global warming's red line.

Meanwhile, Obama is emerging as the winner. His decision will mean less—no matter what he chooses—as this oversized debate finally deflates.

 

Amy Harder
aharder@nationaljournal.com

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