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President Obama on Friday rejected the application to build the Keystone XL pipeline, bringing an end to the seven-year saga over the controversial plan to transport oil sands from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
“The State Department has decided that the Keystone XL pipeline would not serve the national interest of the United States. I agree with that decision,” Obama said at the White House.
The rejection of Keystone delivers huge victory to environmental groups, who fought the project every step of the way, and a stinging defeat to Republicans and some Democrats on Capitol Hill who had championed the pipeline as a jobs-creator.
TransCanada, the developer of the pipeline, this week had asked Obama to halt the State Department’s review of the project while Nebraska considered its route. Granting the delay would have almost certainly pushed the decision to the next president.
But the State Department, which took the lead on reviewing the permit application, rejected TransCanada’s request.
The rejection of the pipeline comes just over three weeks before world leaders, and possibly Obama, travel to Paris to negotiate and sign a global pact to fight climate change. The Keystone decision could reverberate internationally and help persuade other countries Obama is serious about fighting climate change.
Obama had the authority to decide the fate of the pipeline based on a 2004 executive order on infrastructure that crosses international borders.
Opponents of Keystone argued the project would be disastrous for the environment because it would stimulate development of the most carbon-intensive petroleum on the planet. They also feared the pipeline would leak or otherwise harm the areas along the proposed route through the country’s heartland.
But the oil industry and congressional Republicans said Keystone would create thousands of jobs and spur extensive economic development. They also touted the benefits of partnering on an oil project with Canada, a close ally.
Republicans this year tried to force Obama to approve the pipeline as one of their first acts in the majority, but he vetoed the bill.
Obama’s rejection of Keystone is sure to spark fierce debate on the campaign trail.
All three of the Democratic candidates for president oppose the project. Hillary Clinton held off on publicizing her opinion until September, though Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley have long opposed it.