U.S. rejects Keystone XL pipeline

He says it isn't a Death but a Delay but already all sides are drawing their own conclusions over Barack Obama's decision to reject Keystone XL. Environmentalists seem gleeful, Obama's Republican opponents seem vengeful and Canadians pushing Gateway see their plan as even-more-fruitful.

Part One of The Current


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U.S. rejects Keystone XL pipeline - Sue Kelso

Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich didn't waste any time and he didn't pull his punches either. Yesterday, the Obama Administration rejected TransCanada's bid to build a 2,700 kilometre oil pipeline carrying bitumen from the Canadian oil sands to refineries in Texas.

At stake is the outcome of the next Presidential election, the security of the U.S. energy supply, the economic well-being of one of Canada's most important exports and some of the most pristine wilderness in North America.

But the people who live in the path of the proposed pipeline see it a little more personally. Marg Shott runs a laundromat in Hardisty, Alberta where the proposed pipeline would have begun. We heard from her.

But Sue Kelso feels differently. The proposed pipeline would have run about 8 metres from her farm in Bennington, Oklahoma. That's where we reached her this morning.

U.S. rejects Keystone XL pipeline - Bill McKibben

The fight over the Keystone XL pipeline is likely not over. The Obama Administration has said it rejected the proposal because it didn't believe it could evaluate the pitch properly before next month's deadline. It said the decision was not based on the actual merits of the proposal.

Here in Canada, Alberta Premier Alison Redford seized on that point and said her government will support TransCanada in another bid. And Trans Canada's CEO has already said the company will indeed re-apply.

Meanwhile, Canada's Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver took the opportunity to make a not-so-subtle pitch for the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline, which would carry Alberta bitumen to the BC coast, where it could be shipped to China.

And Paul Stanway, a spokesperson for Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines just came right out and said it.

I think it underscores the importance of the Northern Gateway. Most people understand at this point the strategic argument of having an outlet to the Pacific to give Canada increased market access for what is its most valuable export commodity.

For his thoughts on where the debate over Keystone goes from here, we were joined by Bill McKibben. He is an author and the founder of the environmental group 350.org. He helped lead the charge against the Keystone XL pipeline and he was in Ripton, Vermont.

U.S. rejects Keystone XL pipeline - Canadian Energy Pipeline

Brenda Kenny has a very different view of both the Keystone and Northern Gateway pipeline proposals. She is the President of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association and she was in Calgary.

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