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Pipes for construction of the Keystone Pipeline are stacked in a field near Ripley, Okla.
Pipes for construction of the Keystone Pipeline are stacked in a field near Ripley, Okla.
(Sue Ogrocki/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

BREAKINGVIEWS

U.S. nimbyism over Keystone will do far more harm than good

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The proposed Keystone XL pipeline to the United States looks the greenest option for exporting Canada’s oil sands crude. But Washington is stalling on approvals, so Canada is exploring alternatives. Exporting the oil on tankers, as is now being proposed by provinces, would be more polluting and riskier. American not-in-my-backyard opposition to Keystone is bad for the planet as well as for the nation’s energy supplies.