Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline
He sees it as a crude solution. The proposed 1,000-mile-long pipeline would have sent oil from Canadian tar sands to the southern United States. But after seven years of wrangling, a State Department review found that the project, which was meant to be an engine for job creation, would only have meant about 35 new permanent positions. Environmental policy has been key to Obama’s administration, and while rejection of Keystone XL is largely symbolic, it could help ahead of attempts to broker a global agreement at climate talks in Paris in three weeks.