A week ago, the U.S. Department of State issued yet another environmental study that found that the constructing the Keystone pipeline to transport 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada to the Gulf coast would not significantly worsen man-made climate change. Pipeline proponents declared that the State Department's review means that the project should be immediately greenlighted. Outraged environmental activists threatened massive civil disobedience and a hissy fit at the polls in November if President Obama dares to decide that building the pipeline is in the "national interest." Reason Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey predicts that our politically savvy president will deviously dither over his decision until after the polls close in November.
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