If we listen to the top climate scientists, we should leave the tar sands where they are, underground. But others will still insist we are going to keep burning oil for years to come, so aren't we better off using Canadian oil rather than Middle Eastern oil? No.
In politics, there inevitably comes the dreaded time when politics and politicking run into reality. This time has come for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and for President Obama.
Clearly the White House has decided that in an election year caving to oil industry pressure and approving a pipeline to help a foreign oil company export dirty tar sands oil to China is not a winning strategy. But what about next time?
Governor Sarah Palin is sleeping with the enemy of many Alaskans. Her trip to Texas to discuss a merged project with TransCanada and Exxon Mobil betrays Alaskans.