Gray Matters: Obama’s “keep-it-in-the-ground” logic fueled Keystone decision

President Barack Obama arrives to speak on March 22, 2012 at the TransCanada Stillwater pipe yard in Cushing, Oklahoma. (AFP PHOTO/Mandel Ngan)
President Barack Obama arrives to speak on March 22, 2012 at the TransCanada Stillwater pipe yard in Cushing, Oklahoma. (AFP PHOTO/Mandel Ngan)

By Daniel Cohan, for the Houston Chronicle

Though President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline garnered headlines, it was the rationale behind the rejection that may prove historic. Rather than emphasizing particular concerns along Keystone’s route, Obama adopted a more global frame — one that has been an emerging theme of recent climate scholarship and environmental activism.

Preventing large regions of Earth from becoming inhospitable, Obama argued, requires “keep(ing) some fossil fuels in the ground.”

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