Day 6

What the end of Keystone XL means for Alberta

On Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama officially rejected TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline after seven years of tense review. Brent talks to energy policy expert Trevor McLeod about the impact of Keystone XL's demise for Alberta - and the climate.
President Barack Obama arrives at the TransCanada Stillwater Pipe Yard in Cushing, Okla. in March 2012. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

U.S. President Barack Obama firmly rejected the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, bringing seven years of tense deliberation and debate to an end. The announcement came just days after U.S. State Department rejected a request from TransCanada to put the pipeline review on hold. The debate around Keystone had become a symbol for Obama's climate agenda. The pipeline's rejection is seen as a signal of momentum ahead of the UN climate change conference in Paris, set to begin November 30.

TransCanada says it will continue to review its options. Others in the country have shifted their attention to the proposed Energy East pipeline, which would transport over a million barrels of oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Eastern Canada. For a sense of the impact of the rejection of Keystone by Obama, Brent speaks with Trevor McLeod. He's the director of the Centre for Natural Resources Policy with the Canada West Foundation.