Obama Administration To Reject Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

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Word is coming in that the Obama administration will reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline later this afternoon, announcing the decision at 3pm.

According to details obtained by The Hill, the permit for the pipeline will be rejected, though TransCanada will be allowed to reapply for another permit.

Commenting on the expected news, 350.org's Jamie Henn writes:

Clearly, this fight isn't over. Big Oil will do everything it can to overturn that decision, because they are not used to losing. They have one weapon—money. They’ve used it to buy the allegiance of many Representatives and Senators and now they’ll use Congress to try and get their dirty work done.

The expected decision also leaves TransCanada the option of reapplying with another application for the pipeline. Let's be clear: a re-route through Nebraska will help protect the Sand Hills and the portion of the Ogallala Aquifer that's in the state -- that's a huge victory for our friends and allies in Nebraska who have been leading this fight from the start. But the re-route will do nothing to address the climate impacts of burning tar sands, the economic downside of continuing our addiction to oil, the risks the pipeline poses to other states along the route, or the political influence Big Oil continues to use to override the interests of the American people.

More when we have it.

UPDATE
As expected, the Obama administration did reject the pipeline.

President Obama himself said:

As the State Department made clear last month, the rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline's impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment. As a result, the Secretary of State has recommended that the application be denied. And after reviewing the State Department's report, I agree.

Read more: Reaction from the green community, and some initial analysis from TreeHugger's John Laumer on what was really behind the decision.

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