The world’s most controversial pipeline

At first glance, there is little to distinguish the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from any other in the world. If constructed, it would run from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast of America, linking one of the most isolated oil regions in the world to one of the thirstiest markets for oil. It appears to make eminent sense. So what makes this the most hotly contested project in North America? Canada has the third largest oil reserves in the world, after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. Unlike those countries, however, most Canadian oil is extracted from oil sands rather than...

At first glance, there is little to distinguish the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from any other in the world. If constructed, it would run from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast of America, linking one of the most isolated oil regions in the world to one of the thirstiest markets for oil. It appears to make eminent sense. So what makes this the most hotly contested project in North America?

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