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Demonstrators carry a giant mock pipeline while calling for the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline during a rally in Washington on Nov. 6, 2011.
Demonstrators carry a giant mock pipeline while calling for the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline during a rally in Washington on Nov. 6, 2011.
(JOSHUA ROBERTS/REUTERS)

Obama’s Keystone waffling puts politics ahead of policy

The White House’s position (or, rather, lack thereof) on Keystone XL has little to do with environmental policy, and everything to do with political optics. Whatever doubt remaining on this point is fast evaporating with President Barack Obama’s apparent intention to further prolong his thumb-twiddling on the controversial pipeline project.