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Keystone XL Battle in Washington Belied Pipeline's Actual Impact

  • Obama rejection comes before global climate talks in Paris
  • More than 50 firms registered to lobby on Keystone in U.S.
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Obama: Keystone Would Not Serve U.S. National Interests

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The fight over the Keystone XL pipeline had all the elements of a classic Washington scrap: protests, political ads, scores of lobbyists on retainer.

What was sometimes missing in the seven-year struggle, energy analysts say, was an accurate accounting of the project’s impact on the environment or the economy, the twin issues that drove the debate.