Former White House climate change and energy adviser Carol Browner predicted Thursday that President Barack Obama will come down against the Keystone XL pipeline.
“At the end of the day, he is going to say no,” Browner said during a summit held in Washington D.C. by liberal think tank Center for American Progress.
But, she added: “There will be some more twists and turns before we get there.”
In June, Obama put climate change at the center of his decision on the pipeline, saying Keystone XL’s fate depends on “the net effects of the pipeline’s impact on our climate.”
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Obama vowed that his administration would only approve the multibillion-dollar pipeline “if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.”
The State Department in March concluded that Keystone XL was unlikely to cause major changes in the amount of carbon emissions tied to the development of Canada’s oil sands crude.
But environmentalists insist that the project is the linchpin to unlocking development of Canada’s oil sands and would inevitably exacerbate global warming if it is built.
Keystone XL’s supporters say the project would ensure the United States has access to energy supplies from a stable North American ally. Oil industry leaders reject the notion that Canada’s oil sands have a higher carbon footprint than other heavy crudes they would displace in U.S. refineries.
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