Last week, President Barack Obama denied a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline project that would transport Canadian oil from eastern Alberta to Texas refineries in Port Arthur and Houston. Proponents of the pipeline said the President’s decision will cost thousands of American jobs and billions of dollars in new investments. Critics of the pipeline hailed the President’s decision as a victory for the environment and clean, renewable energy.
The Texas Tribune recently ran two guest columns presenting both sides of the issue. Click here to read Texas Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman’s argument for the pipeline. The Texas Railroad Commission regulates the state’s oil and gas industry, including pipelines. Smitherman is also the former chairman of the Texas Public Utility Commission, which regulates the state’s electric industry. Click here to read Luke Metzger’s argument against the pipeline. Metzger is the founder and director of Environment Texas, which advocates for clean air, clean water and open spaces.
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