Bill sponsor U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and supporter U.S. Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) both stood on the Senate floor and said Keystone XL is not an export pipeline in the minutes leading up to the bill's failure.
A well-understood and established industrial process -- refining oil -- conducted in two states with rigorous environmental regulation and robust enforcement, every year, kills or injures workers. And the company responsible stonewalls inspectors.
What is the business case for conservation? Just a few years ago, I don't think many people in either the business or conservation communities would have thought to even pose that question. But times are changing.