Obama: Keystone decision turns on whether project adds pollution

WASHINGTON Tue Jun 25, 2013 2:57pm EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama makes a dinner speech at the Chralottenburg Castle in Berlin June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Michael Sohn/Pool

U.S. President Barack Obama makes a dinner speech at the Chralottenburg Castle in Berlin June 19, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that allowing the controversial Keystone pipeline to be built depends on whether it increases net carbon pollution.

"Our national interest will be served only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution," he said in a speech on energy policy at Georgetown University. "The net effects of the pipeline's impact on our climate will be absolutely critical to determining whether this project is allowed to go forward."

The Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil from Canada to refineries in Texas.

(Reporting by Mark Felsenthal; editing by Jackie Frank)

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Comments (3)
Obsilutely wrote:
Build it and we will destroy it – Cushing, Oklahoma

Jun 25, 2013 2:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BioStudies wrote:
lol

Jun 25, 2013 2:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ChicagoFats wrote:
Do oil spills count as greenhouse gas emissions?

Developing countries will buy all the natural gas and oil we can ship. Where does he think this fuel winds up? In a museum?

Jun 25, 2013 3:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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