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Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver speaks in Toronto on March 22, 2013.
Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver speaks in Toronto on March 22, 2013.
(DEBORAH BAIC/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

If Keystone won’t affect oil sands development, why is Harper pushing it so hard?

The U.S. State Department’s environmental assessment of the Keystone XL pipelines leaves hanging a nagging question: What’s all the fuss about?

If approval or denial of Keystone is “unlikely to significantly affect the development of the oil sands,” as the State Department concluded last week, why the enormous political capital spent by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Alberta Premier Allison Redford to persuade the Americans to green light it?