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Obama’s Keystone Rejection Strengthens His Hand at Climate Talks

  • Blocking pipeline follows executive actions to cut emissions
  • President's environmental legacy hinges on climate agreement
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Obama Rejects Keystone, Says It's Not in U.S. Interest

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President Barack Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline caps a series of executive actions he’s taken that will strengthen his hand later this month as he pursues a global deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The impact of the announcement was largely symbolic in both economic and environmental terms, as Obama himself acknowledged. Instead, he portrayed it as a way to provide the U.S. maximum leverage in the climate talks.