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.
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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.