The lead editorial in the latest edition of the Nation argues that if President Obama has been all talk in the fight against global warming. To prove his bonafides he must embrace a climate policy that includes vetoing the Keystone pipeline project:
Right now—but perhaps not for much longer—it is still possible, and indeed crucial, to emphasize that all is not lost in terms of Obama’s climate legacy. He could still do the right thing. Rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline—a topic at the forefront of the minds of the president’s environmentalist supporters, and one that went conspicuously unmentioned in his address—is the most visible of the potential executive actions he could take that would make a difference. (snip) … As K.C. Golden, policy director at Climate Solutions, a clean energy group in Seattle, notes, “Keystone isn’t simply a ‘pipeline in the sand’ for the swelling national climate movement: it’s a moral referendum on our willingness to do the simplest thing we must do to avert catastrophic climate disruption—stop making it worse.”
The new edition of the Nation goes up on their website on Fridays, so this this editorial was presumably written before the State Department report on the pipeline project came out later that same day. (There’s no reference to the report in the editorial.)
The State Department’s report found that the project would have no adverse impact on the environment and would created a total of 42,100 direct and indirect jobs, though the majority would temporary construction ones. The report has environmentalists sputtering. They have decided that the Keystone pipeline will be their line in the sand and have even vowed to get “militant” to stop it.