Tar Sands Development: A Test for Our Energy Future

Vol. 27 No. 1

Mr. Murphy is Senior Counsel for the National Wildlife Federation and a member of the editorial board of Natural Resources & Environment.

Over the last year the Keystone XL pipeline has risen from relative obscurity to a front page political football that has taken center stage in both Congress and presidential politics. While the immediate rise of this controversy and its January 18, 2012, denial by President Obama can be attributed to an impressive grassroots campaign that united ranchers, environmentalists, a Republican governor, and others in concerns over and objections to this pipeline, the Keystone pipeline is really about something else: our increasingly troubling relationship with fossil fuels.

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