The Keystone XL symbol

If the campaign to kill the Keystone XL pipeline northern segment ultimately succeeds, low-gravity oil from Canada will reach markets anyway. Resistance to the project to boost movement of synthetic crude oil and blended bitumen from Alberta to the Gulf Coast is entirely symbolic. It appeals only to obstructionists yearning to suppress the use of oil. So far, obstructionists have prevailed. An administration loath to irritate them still hasn't approved the Keystone XL border crossing. TransCanada, the project's sponsor, has delayed its expected in-service date. For opponents, delay is the next best thing to cancellation. Yet heavy oil already moves south from Alberta, and more is coming. ...

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