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Chu: Keystone a 'Political' Decision 'Not a Scientific One'

11:35 AM, Feb 4, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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Curtis Williams, of Oil & Gas Journal, reports that former Energy Secretary Steven Chu had this to say about the Keystone pipeline project:

“I don’t have a position on whether the Keystone Pipeline should be built. That is for the secretary of State and the president. But I will say that the decision on whether the construction should happen was a political one and not a scientific one.” 

The Keystone project has been under study and review for some five years.  It is being studied and reviewed, yet.  And, as Mark Drajem and Jim Snyder at Bloomberg report, some of the studying is, itself, politically motivated and:

Environmentalists aren’t giving up and offered a variety of responses, from refuting the report’s conclusions to seizing on elements that may boost their case or criticizing the U.S. State Department and the contractors that wrote the assessment for being too friendly with the oil industry. Some did all three.

And if further studies of the study do not yield the correct answer then, as Ben Goad and Laura Barron-Lopez at The Hill report, environmentalist might just go home, stay there, and sulk, as:

Environmental groups are warning President Obama that his liberal base might stay home on Election Day if he approves the Keystone XL  oil pipeline.

That, or take to the streets, as:

More than 75,000 activists have threatened to engage in acts of civil disobedience if Obama or Secretary of State John Kerry gives Keystone XL the green light.

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