Wheaton reports: "As bad as they argue the 1,700-mile pipeline would be for the planet, Keystone XL has been a boon to the environmental movement."
Following last month's massive protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline, local actions are taking place across the US and Canada. (photo: Ben Powless)
Keystone XL Pipeline Fight Lifts Environmental Movement
26 January 14
Environmentalists have spent the past two years fighting the Keystone XL pipeline: They have built a human chain around the White House, clogged the State Department’s public comment system with more than a million emails and letters, and gotten themselves arrested at protests across the country.
But as bad as they argue the 1,700-mile pipeline would be for the planet, Keystone XL has been a boon to the environmental movement. While it remains unclear whether President Obama will approve the project, both sides agree that the fight has changed American environmental politics.
“I think it would be naïve for any energy infrastructure company to think that this would be a flash in the pan,” said Alexander J. Pourbaix, president of energy and oil pipelines at TransCanada, the company that has been trying to get a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline since 2008.
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