Obama Rejects Keystone XL on Climate Grounds, ‘Right Here, Right Now’


The long-expected rejection caps a difficult week for the oil industry and gives momentum to the U.S. presence at the Paris climate talks next month.By Katherine Bagley President Obama rejected TransCanada’s permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, ending a years-long fight that helped reinvigorate the environmental movement and slow the momentum of fossil fuel ambitions in North America. The State Department, which has been reviewing TransCanada’s permit application for the past ten months, decided the pipeline “would not serve the national interest of the United States,” Obama said during a press conference at the White House, adding “I agree with that decision.”


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