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Keystone XL all but dead as special investigation is announced

The US State Department has a tack in its left hand and a hammer in its right. The final nail in Keystone XL’s coffin is about to be struck

President Barack Obama promised a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada’s oil sands to the US Gulf coast by the end of the year. On Monday he gave one, but it wasn’t what TransCanada or the pipeline’s backers expected. This week, the US State Department announced a “special investigation” of the $7 billion pipeline – the day after a collection of Hollywood movie stars and activists encircled the White House in protest against the line, which would move almost 1 million b/d of Canadian crude to refineries in Texas. In doing so, the administration has signalled that rejection of the planned pipeline is all but a formality. According to the New York Times, officials said the review

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