Greater access to secure energy and more than a half-trillion dollars in economic benefits right here at home: That's the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. Unfortunately, the biggest question about the project - which would bring oil from Canada's oil sands region to U.S. refineries in Texas - is why it remains stuck on the drawing board.
The House of Representatives is working on legislation that would require the administration to grant a permit for the pipeline by Nov. 1. Given the benefits, you wouldn't think it would take an act of Congress to get things started. But deliberations over mostly old arguments are delaying a project worth an estimated $521 billion to the U.S. economy over a 25-year period, according to the Canadian Energy Research Institute.
What's the holdup? The State Depa... more »