U.S. study of proposed Keystone pipeline indicates little climate impact

Washington (CNN) — A long-awaited State Department environmental report on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline indicates what the oil industry and its backers have been saying — it won’t have a big impact on carbon emissions that cause climate change.

The report released Friday appears to give the Obama administration the cover it needs to approve the politically charged project, but not until May at the earliest, after a 90-day review and comment period.

Environmentalists reacted with predictable fury, accusing the government of bad intent by releasing the report before an inspector general’s findings on whether it was flawed because some participants had oil industry ties.

“This document will be seen by the entire environmental community … as a sham,” complained Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, adding that “it encourages the already widely held impression that the fix was in from the beginning.”

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