McCarthy Hints at Keystone Approval

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Alex Brown
Nov. 4, 2013, 8:44 a.m.

Speak­ing with The Bo­ston Globe on Monday, En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency Ad­min­is­trat­or Gina Mc­Carthy gave hints that Pres­id­ent Obama is lean­ing to­ward ap­prov­al of the Key­stone XL Pipeline, ac­cord­ing to Globe re­port­er Dav­id Abel.

EPA ad­min­is­trat­or Gina Mc­Carthy, at the Globe, sure made it seem likely that the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion will ap­prove the Key­stone pipeline.

— Dav­id Abel (@dav­a­bel) Novem­ber 4, 2013

On #Key­stone, EPA ad­min­is­trat­or Mc­Carthy said, “If there’s oil there, someone will find it and use it.”

— Dav­id Abel (@dav­a­bel) Novem­ber 4, 2013

EPA ad­min­is­trat­or Gina Mc­Carthy didn’t buy the ar­gu­ment that block­ing the Key­stone pipeline would pre­vent the ex­trac­tion of tar sands oil.

— Dav­id Abel (@dav­a­bel) Novem­ber 4, 2013

That sounds an aw­ful lot like the reas­on­ing of the pipeline’s ad­voc­ates — that if the pipeline is not ap­proved, drilling in the Al­berta tar sands will still take place and the oil will in­stead be trans­por­ted by rail and oth­er meth­ods. Of course, Obama’s fi­nal de­cision won’t come down to a quote by one of his Cab­in­et mem­bers, but Mc­Carthy’s words could be an in­dic­at­or of ad­min­is­tra­tion think­ing.

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