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EDITORIAL: Keystone XL pipeline marks six years of stagnation

An executive order on immigration isn’t the only thing that President Obama has put off until after the November election. The fate of the Keystone XL pipeline will apparently remain where it has languished for the past six years — on the undecided list.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is marking this dubious milestone with a “Lost Opportunity Tour” next week. The tour will visit cities, ranches and businesses that could have benefited from the pipeline.

Six long years after TransCanada first applied to build the pipeline, the president refuses to give the green light for it to cross the U.S.-Canada border. Ironically, most observers expect Obama to eventually OK the pipeline. He has delayed that decision to placate the environmentalists who oppose the pipeline yet support him on many other issues.

He’s made his point. Our economy needs what the pipeline will bring — oil and jobs. This anniversary should be the last one.

 

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