Was President Obama right or wrong to delay the Keystone XL oil pipeline?
The State Department announced last week that it would take at least another 18 months to consider other routes for the pipeline, which if approved would send 700,000 barrels of oil from Canada's oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries. The decision comes after opponents of the pipeline, including Nebraska political leaders and residents, galvanized an environmental grassroots movement against the project, in large part because the proposed route would cross over Nebraska's biggest aquifer. This delay punts the final decision on the pipeline until after the 2012 election.
What factors should influence the Obama administration's consideration of new routes? Does this delay effectively kill the pipeline? What does this move say about Obama's energy and environmental policies more generally?