Ironically, blocking the pipeline promises to increase, not decrease, global carbon emissions. If Canada can't sell its oil to the United States, it will sell to China, which isn't subject to the same restrictions on energy use and emissions as facilities here. China's refineries generate significantly higher volumes of emissions than American ones.
Blocking Keystone XL is an affront to America's energy consumers and energy producers. That insult would, unfortunately, add to Obama's war on coal, his push to federalize hydraulic fracturing, and the wasted “green energy” handouts for the wind, solar, ethanol and electric car industries.
The Obama administration should stand up to those special-interest groups more concerned with fundraising than good global citizenship. America's middle class should truly come first with a permit to build.
Bradley is CEO of the Institute for Energy Research and author, most recently, of “Edison to Enron: Energy Markets and Political Strategies” (John Wiley & Sons). He blogs at www.masterresource.org.