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Is Obama About to Blow His Climate Credentials?

Fred Pearcebyline‚ Jan. 29‚ 2013

The US president could be poised to approve the doubling of imports of tar sands oil, one of the filthiest fuels on Earth

Faced with rising anger from environmentalists last year over his plans for a transcontinental pipeline to deliver treacly Canadian tar sands to Texas oil refineries on the Gulf of Mexico, the CEO of TransCanada, Russ Girling, expressed surprise. After all, his company had laid 300,000 kilometers of such pipes across North America. "The pipeline is routine. Something we do every day," he told Canadian journalists.

But that's the point. It is routine. The oil industry does do it every day. And if it carries on, it will wreck the world.