Thomas Friedman

I hope the President turns down the Keystone XL oil pipeline. (Who wants the U.S. to facilitate the dirtiest extraction of the dirtiest crude from tar sands in Canada’s far north?) But I don’t think he will.

So…I think if we all make enough noise about this, we might be able to trade a lousy Keystone pipeline for some really good systemic responses to climate change. We don’t get such an opportunity often — namely, a second-term Democratic president who is under heavy pressure to approve a pipeline to create some jobs but who also has a green base that he can’t ignore.

…We need the president to be able to say to the G.O.P. oil lobby, “I’m going to approve this, but it will kill me with my base..so I’ve got to get something really big in return.”

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