Thirst for Oil and the Keystone XL Pipeline
INTRODUCTION|The dynamics surrounding the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline symbolize the nation's abstruse approach toward a national energy policy. While the pipeline fits snuggly into such a policy, it is problematic to suggest that we either truly have or operate under any fully consistent holistic national energy policy. For many decades now, presidents have touted the ideal of energy independence amidst myopic efforts to craft-at best-aspects of such a policy. Today, as the country has just witnessed two presidential candidates clash over energy policy, "[t]he pipeline has become a powerful symbol and political pawn this election year." For the Obama Administration, moving towards the goal of energy independence has been a clear priority since day one...
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