Keystone Pipeline Would Be too Little, too Late for Ukraine Crisis

Russian soldiers blocking a road in Crimea Photograph by Bulent Doruk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Amid the chaos in Ukraine and the debate over how to respond, if you listen closely you can hear the din of another, seemingly unrelated debate: the one over the Keystone XL pipeline. Such conservatives as Sarah Palin are increasingly using Russia’s incursion into Crimea as a way to bludgeon President Obama for his failure to approve the pipeline that, if built, would bring 830,000 barrels a day of heavy crude from Western Canada into the U.S.

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