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Regardless of the State Department's conclusions about how it decided on a contractor to write the Environmental Impact Statement, approval or disapproval of the pipeline remains in the hands of Secretary Kerry and President Obama.
Kerry delivered one of his strongest climate speeches in Indonesia, a speech that would appear to be utterly irreconcilable with a decision to construct the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline — a decision that rests almost entirely on his shoulders.
In addition to addressing issues such as climate change, economic need, wildlife impacts, socioecomonics, air quality, noise, and the potential of a spill, the State Department received more than 1.5 million comments on the proposed pipeline.