Obama Declares Keystone XL Will Be Approved
In his speech today at Georgetown, President Obama said that the Keystone XL pipeline would only be approved if it “does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.”
That word “exacerbate” would appear to leave a lot of wiggle room. It means to aggravate, to sharpen, or to make a bad problem worse. The anti-Keystone crowd naturally thinks that the pipeline, or anything that aids in the transport of oil sands crude would exacerbate carbon emissions. But that’s not what the State Department found.