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Eco-end run: Thwarting Keystone XL

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Friday, April 19, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

True to its bad form — doing end runs around obstacles to its agenda and buying into climate alarmism — the Obama administration is stretching a Nixon-era law to subject projects such as the Keystone XL pipeline to global-warming impact reviews, giving its enviro-wacko allies a new basis for court challenges that delay or derail projects and increase costs.

The GOP-controlled House won't pass legislation rooted in blame-mankind climate pseudoscience. So, the White House Council on Environmental Quality's upcoming global-warming review standards will make good on President Obama's “go it alone” State of the Union climate-change rhetoric, Bloomberg News reports.

Applicable to all federal project reviews, those standards will stretch 1970's National Environmental Policy Act — which was aimed at air, water and soil pollution — by forcing consideration of, for example, not just the Keystone XL pipeline's direct effects, but also those of the greenhouse gases emitted by burning the tar-sands oil it carries.

The standards alone won't stop projects, but their chilling effect as grounds for lawsuits will accomplish much of this administration's extreme environmental agenda that it otherwise can't.

These nonsense-based, politically driven global-warming reviews promise what America's struggling economy, crumbling infrastructure and burgeoning energy industry don't need — less growth and job creation, more red tape and litigation.

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