Keystone XL and the dark side of green

  @FortuneMagazine October 10, 2013: 7:48 AM ET
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Here's what environmental activists have to show for their success in blocking construction of the Keystone XL pipeline over the past three years: an uptick in oil traveling by rail and trucks. North Dakota officials estimate that the state's highways are being pounded by 300 to 500 additional semi trucks a day, belching fumes and adding to traffic fatalities.

That's the kind of fallout from a rigid enviro-agenda that makes Gary Doer, the Canadian ambassador to the U.S., shake his head with bemusement. "The fundamental argument that if you stop the pipeline you stop oil from being developed is just wrong," he points out. "Oil gets to market."

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