Was the EIS sabotaged by Foggy Bottom?
Despite all the enviro hyperventilation about the State Department’s preliminary green lighting of the Keystone XL pipeline, rest assured that there is much more to the story.
Should Obama okay the pipeline, which he is under great pressure to do, the enviros will sue (and don’t be surprised if they win) on the grounds that the State Department’s Environmental Impact Statement is in some way deficient under the National Environmental Policy Act.
So Obama will get political credit for approving the pipeline, but construction won’t start.
This wouldn’t be the first time that a fossil fuel development project was thwarted by a wink-and-a-nod.