It’s a ploy, and people saw through it immediately. But it does show that Keystone’s backers are feeling unconfident. Even cowed.
The Canadian firm proposing the massive Keystone XL pipeline said Monday it was asking the U.S. State Department to halt its review of the project as it waits out a separate process at the state level…
After TransCanada’s statement, anti-Keystone groups cast the decision as a last-ditch ploy to avoid what appears would be an unfavorable decision on the pipeline.
“After nearly seven years of trying to force the President’s hand to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, TransCanada is now desperately trying to block President Obama from even making a decision at all,” Elijah Zarlin, director of the CREDO Climate Campaigns, said in a statement. “This is yet another victory for the overwhelming grassroots opposition along the route and across the country.”
Comments below fold.
From Eric Ferguson: My first thought was they’re just hoping the next president approves it. My second thought is even if Obama says no, Transcanada can try with the next president anyway. I don’t know what the new prime minister thinks or if he still gets anything to say.
From Dan Burns: Trudeau supports Keystone XL, but will presumably not be as fervent about it as his predecessor was.