Moilanen, Steve
January 2014
Journal of Public & International Affairs;2014, Issue 1, p88
Academic Journal
The Keystone XL oil pipeline has become a flashpoint in the debate over energy policy in the United States. The environmental community, in particular, objects to the pipeline on the grounds that approving its construction would exacerbate climate change, contaminate water supplies, and disturb pristine lands. This article questions the efficacy of this approach, given that denying the construction of the pipeline is unlikely to stem the flow of oil from Canada's so-called "tar sands." Accordingly, a more effective policy may be to conclude an international agreement under which the United States approves Keystone, conditional on the Canadian government committing to reduce the environmental impact of the tar sands.


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