Nebraska OKs Route for Keystone Pipeline
Obama will have 'stark' choice soon, says one blogger
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2013 1:09 PM CST
This 2010 file photo shows the Sand Hills near Mills, Neb., an environmentally sensitive area. The new pipeline route would bypass it.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

(Newser) – The controversial and long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline just cleared a major hurdle: Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman says the state is fine with an alternative route that avoids an environmentally fragile area knows as the Sand Hills, reports NPR. (Read his full letter to President Obama here.) Nebraska's opposition was a main reason President Obama sought a different route for the pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to Texas.

Next up: A State Department assessment is likely to be released in a matter of days, reports the Wall Street Journal. After that, Obama will decide on the pipeline's fate, and Will Oremus at Slate writes that his choice is a "stark" one:

  • "Reject the project purely on climate-change grounds and Obama will be pilloried by the right as an environmental extremist, sacrificing the economy at the altar of environmentalism. Approve it and his strong words on climate change will ring empty once again to his supporters on the left." Read the full post here.

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BinThereDunThat
Jan 23, 2013 10:11 AM CST
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ppaca
Jan 22, 2013 11:48 PM CST
We need the oil at our Texas refineries. 0bama is selling our oil to the Chinese. See: http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/obama-lets-chinese-own-u-s-energy-resources/ . Besides, Susan Rice owns a substantial position in the Canadian company building it. More Crony Capitalism! How could 0bama pass that up?
ashthe1
Jan 22, 2013 10:26 PM CST
Corrected copy Every logical process was taken to ensure the best route for the Keystone Pipeline through the state of Nebraska. Thanks to Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman. Now…Don’t dream up and publish something stupid like this: Nebraska OKs Route for Keystone Pipeline President Obama will have 'stark' choice soon, says one blogger By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jan 22, 2013 1:09 PM CST A State Department assessment is likely to be released in a matter of days, reports the Wall Street Journal. "Reject the project purely on climate-change grounds and Obama will be pilloried by the right as an environmental extremist, sacrificing the economy at the altar of environmentalism. Are these people crazy for imagining a negative outcome on the president’s decision pertaining to the Keystone Pipeline or what! What kind people thinking or dreaming up these negative results?